5. Expelled from Paradise (2014)
This is another animated film from Japan; it shows how you can be a lot more experimental and high-concept in animated media than in mainstream live-action films. Expelled from Paradise is a very intentional transhumanist film, just as we saw with Transcendence. It also happens to be a much better film, if you are OK with style and genre conventions of animated Japanese Sci-Fi.
It depicts a world where humanity is essentially split up into two factions. On the one hand you have mostly-natural human beings who live on the planet as we do today. The planet itself is not in the greatest shape, but these people make the best of it they can. The other part of humanity has abandoned their physical bodies completely. Instead, they live as digital mind-uploads on powerful servers – the “paradise” that’s referred to in the title.
Interestingly, all uploaded humans have a natural birth, but their infant bodies are destroyed after upload. Their DNA is kept on file though, making it possible for physical bodies to be created if they need to interact with the real world for some reason. That’s exactly what happens to the protagonist of the film, Angela Balzac. She’s sent on a mission by her government that requires a visit to the real world. Someone has managed to hack into their server and is seen as an existential threat to their culture. Angela is tasked with finding the hacker and destroying them.
Expelled from Paradise deals with a wide range of transhumanist topics in a matter-of-fact technique that does not get in the way of the plot. It’s well worth watching.
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