Most television science fiction these days lacks advanced ideas -- generally, they seem to be run-of-the-mill soap operas or social commentary. But the other day I ran across an impressive animated show called Ghost in the Shell. The episode concerned the development of some self-reflection and community-reflection in a group of AI robots. I was reminded a little bit of when I first saw Max Headroom on television -- it's clear that this new show is ahead of its time, in the sense that it treats as commonsensical ideas like minds being able to enter and influence other minds, AI systems that share cognitive resources so that there is a blurring of identity, and there being a continuum of entities between people and AI systems. Max Headroom didn't make it past its second season, but the world it predicted is in many ways familiar today. I expect the same to hold true for Ghost in the Shell.