Season 2 of Emmy-Nominated ‘The Future Starts Here’ Premieres Today

October 23, 2014

9:00 pm

The Emmy-nominated online series, The Future Starts Here, premiered today. Created by Webby Awards founder and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, the series documents what it’s like to be a person living in our modern, digital age, exploring the ways through which technology has affected the ways we interact with the world around us.

“For our second season, we will explore ideas around technology, science, creativity and meaning in our lives in the 21st century,” said Shlain. “We will look at the past and the present to understand how we can shape our days and our future.”

We live in a world where we’re constantly connected – to our computers, to our phones, and to whatever other devices that surround us. In The Future Starts Here, Shlain looks into the way our interactions with these devices and the new technology that arise with each coming day, and provides audiences with her witty insight and humorous commentary.

After the success of the its first season, the series earned itself a “News And Documentary Emmy Award” in the category of “New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture”. In the second season, The Future Starts Here continues Shlain’s exploration into the world of science and tech, and frames issues within the context of application for the everyday-person. In the first episode of this new season, Schlain delves into the world of dreaming – its history, the science behind, and why its important for us to continue dreaming in a world where we’re too focused on the literal. The episode, titled “A Case for Dreaming”, formulates an argument for incorporating the emptying of our minds and simply dreaming every now and then. Not only does it remove us from our connected realities, but it allows us to think more creatively.

Each episode isn’t long – really no more than six minutes each – which makes it perfect for those short periods of time when you need to escape the business of everyday life (because, really, isn’t that what life has kind of devolved into: a business?). Right now, you can access the first four episodes of The Future Starts Here on AOL.


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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things.

Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in ‘Doctor Who’, Murakami, ‘The Mindy Project’, and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a “writer”. Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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