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Choose a fear that could cause a dystopia. Research that fear.

Fear of Technology?
Adams, R.L. “Is Artificial Intelligence Dangerous?” //Forbes//, Forbes Magazine, 16 Apr. 2016, www.forbes.com/sites/robertadams/2016/03/25/is-artificial-intelligence-dangerous/.

Metz, Cade. “Good News: A.I. Is Getting Cheaper. That's Also Bad News.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 21 Feb. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/technology/artificial-intelligence-risks.html.

Dowd, Maureen. “Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse.” The Hive, Vanity Fair, 26 May 2017, www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/elon-musk-billion-dollar-crusade-to-stop-ai-space-x.

Fear of Environment?
Wallace-Wells, David. “When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.” //New York Magazine//, 10 July 2017, nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html.

Alex, Bridget. “Something Stirs: What Will Happen as Permafrost Thaws?” //Discover Magazine//, 15 May 2018, discovermagazine.com/2018/jun/something-stirs.

Fear of the Government/Society?
Boissoneault, Lorraine. “In 2014, Americans Feared Walking Alone at Night. Now They're Worried about Government Corruption.” //Smithsonian.com//, Smithsonian Institution, 20 Oct. 2017, www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/2014-americans-feared-walking-alone-night-now-theyre-worried-about-government-corruption-180965332/.

Siddiquee, Imran. “The Topics Dystopian Films Won't Touch.” //The Atlantic//, Atlantic Media Company, 19 Nov. 2014, www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/11/the-topics-dystopian-films-wont-touch/382509/.


Toro, Francisco. “Even Winning Venezuela's Flawed 'Election' Won't Make Maduro's Grip on Power Safe.” //The Washington Post//, WP Company, 16 May 2018, www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2018/05/16/maduro-will-win-this-weekends-venezuelan-election-but-threats-to-his-power-will-remain/?utm_term=.2cea51f75d12.


Gall, Carlotta. “Erdogan's Next Target as He Restricts Turkey's Democracy: The Internet.”//The New York Times//, The New York Times, 4 Mar. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/03/04/world/europe/turkey-erdogan-internet-law-restrictions.html.

Class warfare (haves vs have nots)
Stewart, Matthew. “The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy.” //The Atlantic//, Atlantic Media Company, 16 May 2018, www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/the-birth-of-a-new-american-aristocracy/559130/.

Georgescu, Peter. “Employees Pay The Price For Three Decades Of Income Inequality.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 20 Apr. 2018, www.forbes.com/sites/petergeorgescu/2018/04/20/employees-pay-the-price-for-three-decades-of-income-inequality/.

Reliance on Technology
Cellan-Jones, Rory. “Is It Dangerous for Humans to Depend on Computers?” BBC News, BBC, 5 June 2017, www.bbc.com/news/technology-40124772.

LaMotte, Sandee. “Smartphone Addiction Could Be Changing Your Brain.” CNN, Cable News Network, 1 Dec. 2017, www.cnn.com/2017/11/30/health/smartphone-addiction-study/index.html.

Government Overreach and Privacy / Obsession with Security
Foxx, Chris. “Face Recognition Police Tools 'Staggeringly Inaccurate'.” //BBC News//, BBC, 15 May 2018, www.bbc.com/news/technology-44089161.

Cawley, Conor. “Facial Recognition and the Disappearing Right to Be Faceless.” //TechCo//, TechCo, 15 May 2018, tech.co/facial-recognition-disappearing-faceless-2018-05.

Genetic Engineering
Court, Emma. “Can Gene Therapy Make You Super-Strong like Jessica Jones? Yes - but It's Complicated.” //MarketWatch//, MarketWatch, 17 May 2018, www.marketwatch.com/story/can-gene-therapy-make-you-strong-like-jessica-jones-yes-but-its-complicated-2018-05-17.


Baumgaertner, Emily. “As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, 'Someone Is Going to Get Hurt'.” //The New York Times//, The New York Times, 14 May 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/science/biohackers-gene-editing-virus.html.

Oppression of Women
Hatam, Nassim. “Iranian Women Threw off the Hijab - What Happened next?” //BBC News//, BBC, 19 May 2018, www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-44040236.


Amos, Deborah. “Arrests Of Saudi Women's Rights Activists 'Point To The Limits Of Change'.” //NPR//, National Public Radio, 22 May 2018, www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2018/05/22/613040254/arrests-of-saudi-womens-rights-activists-point-to-the-limits-of-change.

Theocratic Control by the Government
Thampu, Valson. “Even God Is Misused by a Theocracy.” //The New Indian Express//, New Indian Express, www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2018/may/07/even-god-is-misused-by-a-theocracy-1811223.html.