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How “Devs” Creator Alex Garland Fuses Tech and Tension Like Nobody Else

“It’s very clearly the case that technology and technological advances are happening at a rate that we are not able to keep up with.”

Created, written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation), the FX series, Devs, follows a young software engineer, Lily Chan, as she investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in Silicon Valley, that she believes is behind the murder of her boyfriend.

“[The idea for Devs] started with two things,” Garland explains in an article by Ben Travers. “One was getting my head around this principle of determinism, which basically says everything that happens in the world is based on cause and effect…

“That has all kinds of implications for us: It takes away free will. And if you had a computer powerful enough, you could predict the future and understand the past.” To read the full article, click here.

“I’m worried about the future,” Garland said in an interview with Deadline. “I’m not a pessimist, but an optimist. I do think it’s very clearly the case that technology and technological advances are happening at a rate that we are not able to keep up with.

“Technology doesn’t have checks and balances; it’s not a good thing,” he added. To read the full article, click here.

Read more: Scary Monsters: Alex Garland on Mutation and Annihilation

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