By Conor White
Despite sci-fi's habit of making technology the enemy, DJ/entrepreneur Steve Aoki doesn't think machines are necessarily the villains. That's why he's written a new comic book, "Neon Future," to cast A.I. in a different, less ominous light.
"In most sci-fi, in most comic book stories, technology is the problem...or is the evil machine," Aoki told Cheddar this weekend at New York Comic Con. "In this story, we tell something different."
"I really feel like we can use A.I. to the point where we eventually will become cyborgs," he added.
Aoki's comic book tells of a near-future when dictators have stripped citizens of their technology. A hero emerges, showing the world that humans and tech can, in fact, live in harmony.
"I want to see a future where we keep finding ways and avenues to use A.I., to use technology, so we can keep growing," said Aoki, who in addition to his DJ gig owns both his own clothing line and a chain of pizza restaurants. He reportedly has earned $28 million so far this year.
Tom Bilyeu, co-founder of Impact Theory, the studio publishing the comic book, agreed with Aoki.
"Science-fiction authors have a moral obligation to paint a picture of a future worth building," he told Cheddar. "That's literally what we're trying to do."
"Neon Future" takes place just 30 years in the future, a conscious decision by its creators.
"We wanted the world to be entirely too recognizable, so that the threat that's happening becomes really real," Bilyeu said.
"What we wanted to do was start in a world that's dystopian and then explore: How do you get out of that?"
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