11 Movies That Challenge Our View of Technology

By Dennis McCafferty
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You may not think of your day-to-day work life as an inspiration for great cinema, but it's actually not a big stretch. Filmmakers have constantly explored IT innovation in creative and often compelling ways. The resulting movies have challenged our world view of technology and its impact on society, while still providing vastly entertaining popcorn fare. With this in mind, we've come up with the following list of must-see movies about technology. They obviously include some sci-fi classics, but there are also films that reflect real-life applications of technology. In fact, three of them are considered nonfiction. Combined, these films present an eclectic array of the possibilities of computer-driven advances—from virtual worlds to artificial intelligence to social media-fueled entrepreneurialism to insider cyber-security threats. And we've even included a couple that are strictly for laughs. (If we can't occasionally chuckle about what we do, then what's the point?) Because our list is completely subjective—mixing classics with more recent releases—you may disagree with our selection. If so, please feel free to suggest your own picks in our comments section at the bottom of the page.

This article was originally published on 2014-10-02
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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