I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but one show that I really enjoyed last year was AMC's Humans. It tackles a seemingly ubiquitous idea right now, that of technology evolving to a point of becoming human. If we can design machines to assist with labor and other undesirable tasks, will there ever be a time in which machines could satisfy our emotional, physical, and interpersonal needs as well? Could they learn to be like us, as self-aware and self-directed beings? Humans, at least in season one, seemed to approach these questions on a much more, well human, level compared to other sci-fi shows of late, such as Almost Human from a few years ago or Westworld currently on HBO. Yes, there are a variety of social commentaries comprising these shows, but Humans seems to get to the truth of this quickly approaching future in a way that feels personal and powerfully touching. The show aired in Britian in the fall, but it starts back up here in America tonight. Hope this season is as good as I've been wanting it to be. Here's a teaser of what's to come...
Dr. Spivey is a college English professor and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.