How much of your individual freedoms would you be willing to give up for technology promising to make your life more convenient and secure?
In the cyberpunk short film NANO, a dystopia is revealed where everyone has been injected with nanites controlled by apps on their futuristic smartphones.
Using these apps, individuals can command their nanites to alter the functioning and appearance of their physical bodies.
Want to change your hair and eye color? Done. Want to enhance your sexual pleasure? No problem. Activate or deactivate birth control?
There's an app for that.
However, a federal government mandated upgrade of the technology gives law enforcement officers the disturbing ability to instantly paralyze criminal suspects by co-opting their nanites.
This revelation causes much public consternation, inciting resistance by a group of brilliant hackers intent on sabotaging the new upgrade.
From the sleek, we-are-almost-there technology such as holographic television screens and transparent smartphones, to its cinematic style and atmosphere, NANO looks like the product of a multi-million dollar Hollywood production.
It is an unsettling cautionary tale, asking us to ponder exactly how much of our privacy and civil liberties are we willing to sacrifice for convenience, and a feeling of security.
Watch NANO here ...