Syd Mead, Blade Runner Concept Designer, Envisions the Future [Video]

Syd Mead discusses robots, Ridley Scott, and the nature of imagination.

We have the perfect Friday-afternoon distraction for you here: A short film featuring Syd Mead — the vaunted concept designer behind Blade Runner, Aliens, and Tron — on life in 2019.

Mead, who's shown looking more like an L.L. Bean model than the man who gave the world flying cop cars, weighs in on everything from robots to why Blade Runner remains relevant in the 21st century. If there's a theme to it all, it's that what drives the future isn't raw technology so much as human intellect and creativity.

DVDs of the film are available for $8.99 on the Tribeca Film Institute's website.

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  • miljenko

    No, future is not going to be fabulous, nor logarithmically improving , and we have no reason to be optimistic about it. The first thing thats going to happen is that we are going to run out of oil, for which there is no energy substitute to support the current rate of development and consumption, let alone the marvelous visions in this video.