What will become of America in five, 25, or even 50 years? FutureStates is a series of fictional mini-features exploring possible future scenarios through the lens of today's global realities. Immerse yourself in the visions of these independent prognosticators as they project a future of their own imagining.

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  • A Robot Walks into a Bar

    A robot’s mission is to excel at his new job as a bartender while avoiding human injury.


  • Ant

    When digital psych meds prove dangerous, a therapist risks his life to avert catastrophe.


  • As You Were

    The near future: an injured soldier with advanced prosthetics must reconnect with family.


  • Code Academy

    In a future where boys and girls are kept apart, expert hackers push gender boundaries.


  • Excarcerated

    A man convicted of violent crime is released into surveillance-assisted community service.


  • Happy Fun Room

    Can the host of a once-popular kid’s show adapt as the world has changed around her?


  • Teacher in a Box

    Replaced by an avatar, a jaded teacher protects a girl who invented a lucrative product.


  • Children of the Northern Lights

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