The life of author Philip K. Dick sounds like the plot of it's own science fiction movie. The celebrated writer, who's work would become movies such as Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall, predicted a staggering list of technological advancements including artificial intelligence, cloning, the surveillance state, virtual reality decades before their existence before suffering a breakdown of paranoia and hallucinations. More than thirty years after his death, Dick’s relevancy has only grown as the future he predicted for technology becomes more real. While the short stories and novels that he wrote during his brief life inspired some of the most important science fiction films over, his warnings about humanity's relationship with technology prove that Dick was the closest thing to a futurist prophet that the world has ever seen.
Publishing in the 60s and 70s, Dick's writing touched on everything from the scientific breakthroughs of cloning and artificial intelligence, to global warming and online gaming to the growing digital asphyxiation. Dick saw a future of possibilities in which these advancements would allow mankind to live their wildest dreams but at a devastating price. Maybe he was right.