The TED Talk from the Future.

Guy Pierce stars as Peter Weyland, “a magnet for controversy” and would-be builder of “the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade”, in this awesome sci-fi TED Talk directed by Luke Scott with conception and design by Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof.

Read TED’s fictional biography of him, which includes his motto, “If we can, we must.” Apart from a sober glimpse of where we’re rapidly heading, this is also a sneaky trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming film, Prometheus, where you can enjoy Weyland’s shenanigans in the safe confines of fiction.

As for the real Weyland of tomorrow, I’d guess it could be any or all of us. Those who don’t have robotics savvy are nonetheless helping to engineer the future with quick use and adoption, or in designing more intimate ways to integrate technology into our lives. Simpler design also tends to be instructive, which equips us to learn technology faster and tighten the seams of ever simpler, ever more complex interfaces.

But maybe that answer’s too complicated. Maybe tomorrow’s Peter Weyland is this guy.