Altered Carbon and Neil deGrasse Tyson get high-minded discussing immortality

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Jan 31, 2018

We already knew the new Netflix sci-fi series Altered Carbon would be dealing with some heady themes, and a new featurette aims to dig into what might happen when humanity ever reaches that singularity.

The featurette focuses on the concept of immortality with folks like Richard K. Morgan and Steve Aoki talking about the place where life starts to intersect with technology—all narrated by the buttery vocal stylings of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Considering we’re talking about a series that will tell a murder mystery story wrapped up in a techno-thriller of Blade Runner-ish proportions, you have to commend the marketing campaign as it tries to take these grand ideas to task.

Check out the featurette below and let us know what you think:

 

It’s obviously a fun watch if you’re pumped to check out the series, but beyond that it’s also a clever little mini-doc about some high-minded sci-fi concepts that should interest fans across the board. Which, you know, is likely the idea.

The series itself stars Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Matt Frewer, Will Yun Lee and Kristin Lehman in a far-flung future where the rich can essentially live forever by downloading their minds into fresh bodies. In the series, that concept manifests by saving memories on “stacks” that can be loaded into new bodies, effectively rendering the user immortal (so long as nothing happens to the “stack”).

The first season of Altered Carbon hits Netflix on February 2.