“In twenty or fifty years, taking a personalized blue pill you just hallucinate in an entertaining way and then a white pill brings you back to normality is perfectly viable,” said Hastings. “And if the source of human entertainment in thirty or forty years is pharmacological we’ll be in real trouble.”Read More: A Matrix-like hallucinogenic pill may be the future of entertainment, says Netflix’s CEO
Drugs as recreation certainly aren’t a new concept. But what Hastings seems to have in mind sounds straight out of the science-fiction film The Matrix. (Hastings isn’t the only Silicon Valley CEO on a Matrix kick lately. Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk may well have had the science-fiction trilogy in mind when he recently said there’s a chance we’re all living in a computer simulation.)
Apparently, Hastings hasn’t yet figured out how Netflix will rival these hypothetical, hallucinogenic entertainment drugs, or if the company would itself forge a path in drug-induced storytelling.