As long as we've been self-aware, we've desired companionship. And yet, we are not enough for one another; we hunger for something more - something that folklore, imaginary friends, and now technology have attempted to satisfy. Today, we stand at a crossroads beyond which is a future full of artificial lives. What kinds of minds will we create for ourselves? And what kind of future will those minds make for us?Links"The Measure of a Man," Season 2, Episode 9 of Star Trek: The Next GenerationHer"Be Right Back," Season 2, Episode 1 of Black MirrorTHX 1138The confession scene in THX 1138"When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence."The tablets on Star Trek: The Next Generation were called PADDs...and there were a lot of themMusicAll music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use.MD by r benyBut Enough About Me, Bill Paxton, by Chris ZabriskieCities Sleep Like Seeds by r benyThe Sea's Sullen Green by r benyEmpty Grinds by r benyGlisten by r benyCreditsDesign Tomorrow is produced by Chris Butler at the Tomorrow office in Durham, NC.You can follow the show on Twitter @dsgntmrrw. You can visit the show's website at designtomorrow.co, and you can email me at chris @ designtomorrow.co.Thanks for listening, and remember, what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.