In the world of Henry-Alex Rubin’s new feature film, Disconnect, the hunters have a distinct advantage over the hunted and their protectors. The bullies and thugs have technology on their side, and they use it in all sorts of ways to stalk, trick, surprise and catch their prey.
But don’t mistake Rubin for a luddite, or an alarmist. In a recent interview with Big Think, he described technology as something neutral. We can build bombs with it and it can also take us to Mars, Rubin points out. And yet, what Rubin is most interested in as an artist is the distancing effect that technology can have.
“All these screens in our lives can bring us closer and then can also keep us farther apart from each other,” he says.
By not using actual embryos, scientists at two Oregon-based institutions sidestepped one of the largest issues surrounding stem cell technology. The breakthrough follows similar success with monkey skin cells in 2007.