Making those advances has almost always been the domain of the engineer, but predicting them has often been a job for those with grander visions. Science fiction writers and filmmakers have often beaten history to the present, conjuring inventions that circuits and polymers would later make manifest.
When I went to the workshop, as a white progressive liberal woman born and raised in Seattle, I thought I had it covered. "I'm so not racist. I'm not even actually white!" I thought triumphantly. "My mom is Dutch-Indonesian! That's like, part-oppressed!" Nevermind that I benefit from being perceived as white every day, in every institution in the country.
Unfortunately for the filmmakers, the audience, and (given the $175 mil price tag) the studio, Jupiter Ascending isn't exactly the second coming they were hoping for. Instead, it's a melange of misplaced ambition that's asphyxiated by tangled plot threads that are at once overcooked and undernourished.