Watch: Learn about sci-fi's blueprint for humanity in exclusive clip from NatGeo's Year Million

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May 15, 2017

The new Nat Geo series Year Million premieres tonight to tell us about what the world will look like in the future, and we have an exclusive clip that focuses on pop culture’s impact (and vice versa) on reality.

The clip below features interviews with comedian and writer Matt Mira, as well as artificial intelligence expert Louis Rosenberg, and tackles the way artificial intelligence has been portrayed in pop culture over the past several decades (plus the predictions of it from a few centuries back). From WarGames to Star Wars, we’ve been preparing the world for these sentient robots — and now technology is finally on the verge of actually catching up.

If you need a primer on Year Million, here’s the logline:

What was once conceived as science fiction is now anchored in reality. Year Million, a new six-part documentary-drama series from National Geographic, explores what it will be like to be human one million years into the future. Today’s brightest futurists, scientists, scholars and notable science fiction writers guide viewers through the very latest advances in technology, ideas and innovations that likely will power the evolution of our species.

Through illustrative, dramatic storytelling, Year Million paints a version of humanity’s fate through the lens of a typical futuristic American family, which includes a daughter who is android. The series propels us into an odyssey of unfathomable choices humans will face while questioning the kind of lives we’ll live and the people we’ll become a million years from now. Year Million imagines a future when mortality becomes a thing of the past; man merges with machine; intelligence is limitless; and the human species becomes interplanetary. The series predicts how every aspect of technology may affect our lives, for better or worse.

Year Million premieres Monday, May 15, at 9/8c.

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