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Automata

The trailer for Automata looks intriguing. Hopefully it will be a thoughtful expression of science fiction. In a future where Earth’s ecosystem verges on collapse, man-made robots roam the cities to protect dwindling human life. When a robot overrides a key protocol put in place to protect human life, ROC Robotics insurance agent Jacq Vaucan […]

‘Transcendence’ featurette on transhumanism and artificial intelligence

2014 could be a great year for serious science fiction films. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes premiers July 18 in theaters nationwide, and even sooner than that Spring will see the release of Transcendence. Transcendence addresses transhumanism and artificial intelligence. Below is the film’s synopsis. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost […]

GE Commercial, Robots, and the End of the World

General Electric has a new commercial that taps into both the apocalyptic angst related to a possible robot uprising, as well as the alleged Mayan calendar prophecy of doom, both of which have been in the news lately. An article on this on North Illinois University NIU Today website described the background behind the commerical: […]

Cyborg Singularity: Charting the Intersection of Humanity and Superintelligent Machines

It is common now to read all over the Internet about the overlap between science and science fiction, or how over time with developing technology that what was formerly science fiction has now become scientific reality. This may be the case in the future in regards to computers and artificial intelligence, or at least that’s […]

Robert Geraci: Robots and the Sacred in Science and Science Fiction

I recently came across a great source for research and reflection in Robert Geraci’s work. Geraci teaches at Manhattan College in Religious Studies. The college website describes his research and teaching interests, including the power of religion in contemporary culture, particularly with regard to the interaction between religion and technology. His past research focused upon […]

Terminator Salvation: Apocalypse and Transhumanism

Will the new TERMINATOR explore apocalyptic anxiety regarding technology and nuclear annihilation in a new way? In my recent article for Cinefantastique Online I explore the changing face of apocalyptic myth and then suggest ways in which this might be explored in the soon-to-be-released TERMINATOR SALVATION. Below are excerpts from the article which can be read […]

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence – Box Office Disappointment But Philosophical Treat

Like many people, I am a fan of the work of director Steven Spielberg. Whenever I get the chance I enjoy watching his films, and catching various “behind the scenes” programs and interviews where this talented director speaks about his craft. There are a few of his films that I have never seen, but have […]

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