Total Recall in Oz: What will 2050 look like?

Thanks to Universal Sony we had the chance to speak with Right Angle Studio‘s founder, Barrie Barton regarding of a report on what Australia will look like in the future. The study paints a positive and fun portrayal of the future covering – entertainment, technology, the home and cities and was commissioned by Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for the launch of Total Recall on DVD.

SR. First of all, thanks so much for your time Barrie.

Pleasure. You’ve got me fresh after a holiday so I am in love with everything.

SR. Just to start we would like to know a bit more about the background of Right Angle Studio.

We are a small but sharp company with studios in every capital city in Australia. We started eight years ago by producing an online guide to Melbourne www.threethousand.com.au and that led to doing similar guides across the country. Through producing those guides we’ve become well versed at identifying inner-city lifestyle and demographic trends so we now provide advice to government, brands and businesses who need to know what we will be doing in years to come.

total recall image 1SR. When Universal Pictures contacted you to work on the release of Total Recall? Where you instantly in for this or you have some concerns?

We were really excited straight off the bat because the brief called for us to predict things likely to happen in 2050 which is pretty far away. Normally our work requires us to predict things that are happening within the next decade so it was a pleasure to let our mind wander a bit further.

SR. We assume you have seen the film…what is your opinion about it? Do you see a future near that one? What would you change on the film?

I’ve always thought that the role of science fiction films is to play with various future scenarios – to make us think ‘what if’? I’ve always been fascinated by the notion that our view of the world is very subjective and that we constantly bend the line between fact and fiction in our heads – in some sense that’s what Total Recall is about – the bending of reality.

I don’t predict a future like that shown in the film because it’s based upon the occurrence of a nuclear holocaust and I think that as human beings we care too much to let one of those super nasty events happen.

City-Skyline-2050-low-res-[1]SR. Speaking about the potential future Skyline of Sydney…some changes are about to happen already. For E.g. the iconic Monorail might be dying soon…What do you think about that?

Ha! I used to catch that monorail from work to the gym and back. I felt like I was in the Jetsons. I love the monorail because it proves that we often totally overestimate how futuristic the future will be. I hear it’s very expensive to run but I wish that it could remain as a testament to our ill-conceived pipe dreams.

SR. What other changes you expect to see in 50 more years? Do you think people will become fully depending of Technology?

The effect of technology is usually overestimated in the short-term and underestimated in the long-term. So I’ve no doubt we will become more dependent upon it, but probably not on stuff like Facebook which will die (as hard as that might be to imagine right now).

SR. Can you explain us the concept of the:‘Technomads’

Technomads is a term given to people who don’t need to work from a fixed desk or address so they travel the world completing work from their laptops or tablets. In the future a lot more of us will be freelancers and much of the work we complete won’t require us to be at the same desk every day. Lot’s of people are already technomads – especially in creative industries.

SR. Just to finish. Looking back now, what would you say is the biggest change Sydney and Australia had in the last 50 years?

Strangely I’m going to suggest the Carbon Tax. Not that it has had much of an effect yet, but I feel it’s the start of a new kind of mass responsibility for environmental outcomes and it, or other legislation like it, will help save us.

SR. Thanks for your time

Total Recall available now on DVD and Blu-Ray