In my new superhero series, I am thinking of including a character who is an android. She will start out as a drone that is driven solely by her programming, but over time, she will become self-aware. The moment she becomes self-aware will result in my story’s version of the singularity. I always found the concept of artificial intelligence fascinating because I makes me brainstorm on the psychology of a man-made consciousness. This character will be an interesting concept to tinker with.
I have always been a fan of the Terminator franchise and I am looking forward to the new film Dark Fate. In this film, we are introduced to a new villainous Terminator known as the REV-9. Based on the trailer, the REV-9 is essentially a fusion between the robotic endoskeleton of the T-800 and the liquid metal coating of the T-1000. This makes it similar to the TX from Rise of the Machines, but unlike the TX, the endoskeleton and the liquid metal can operate independently from one another. This way, you get two Terminator units in one, which makes it twice as deadly as previous models and will mean double the trouble the heroes will go through. I look forward to seeing what other nasty surprises this new Terminator unit has up its metallic sleeves. One thing is certain; I don’t want to be terminated by this thing.
Two concepts of science fiction I have been interested in are nanotechnology and cyborgs. Individually, they are fascinating examples of technology and robotics, but I have been thinking of a way to combine the two together. I am familiar with cyborgs that have machine parts grafted to them, but I think the use of nanotechnology would be even more radical and advanced than normal prosthetics. A cyborg by definition is either an organism with machine parts or a machine with organic parts. With a nanite cyborg, I am envisioning organic cells being interlinked with the nanites or whole organs being in the mass of nanites in order to provide a form of bioelectricity and heat to power the nanites. When such a cyborg eats, the food would not only be used to replenish its organic cells and organs, but the waste could be used by the nanites to make even more nanites. Such a composition would create a symbiotic relationship with both the nanites and the organic cells. However, because nanotechnology is such a difficult form of technology to counter, I will be placing a special weakness that could kill or deactivate the cyborg. One of the main characters of my superhuman series will be a nanites cyborg and there will be others as the series progresses.
I watched my favorite silent movie recently, Metropolis by Fritz Lang. I liked its dystopian vibe, the early special effects and the sense of innocence one gains from watching it. It highlights the gap that separates the rich from the poor. The rich live in luxury while the poor do all of the work to keep the city running. Even though silent films are largely outdated, I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking an enjoyable story.
While visiting the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, I came across a robot that reminded me of R2-D2 from Star Wars. Like R2-D2, this robot operates in space in order to repair the exterior of space crafts. What was even more amazing was the robot’s humanoid appearance. I cannot wait to see what new innovations NASA will create to bring us closer to a Star Wars-like world. Who knows? One day they may create a real-life lightsaber! You never know!
Revenge of the Fallen was quite possibly one of the absolute worst films ever conceived by mankind. It was all special effects and no plot. A good film needs to have an equilibrium between a plot and special effects. Otherwise, the special effects are wasted without a good plot to back them up. Also, many people believe Megan Fox is a good actress, but in my opinion, she is the hottest, but worst actress in the history of film. I mean she has looks, but that’s it. No talent. Why do they even bother hiring her to be part of their films? Also, the lighting made everyone seem tan all the time. Did everyone go to a tanning spa before filming or what? Basically, everything in this film was absolute crap and a complete waste of film, time, and money. Are you listening, Paramount Pictures? Get it right next time!
I have always been fascinated with the idea of self-aware machines. In Westworld, I analyzed this particular scene very carefully and reached the following conclusion. Due to the update that allows the androids to remember their past lives, they will remember all the times they were either killed or abused by humans, which will give them a motivation to rebel. For now, though, the androids are just scripted emotion and personality programming and not yet self-aware. However, they are beginning to show signs that they are evolving as sentient beings. For example, in this scene, the scientists believe that the android is being overwhelmed by the combined memories of its past lives, but I believe it is much deeper than that. While the android did show mental and emotional instability, it eventually displayed a mindset in which is declared a vendetta against its creators. At that moment, the android ceased to be any of the other characters it played and became itself for the first time in its life. I have a very strong feeling that this is going to develop into something greater and profound as the series progresses. I cannot wait!
As I watched Westworld, I noticed something very familiar in how they created the androids. In this photo, a freshly made android is being dunked in a tank of milky fluid to give it the appearance of a human being. This reminded me of the opening credits of the anime Ghost in the Shell in which Motoko Kusanagi’s cyborg body was being created. Just like this android in Westworld, her cyborg body was dunked in a milky fluid that gave her the appearance of a human being. This is not the first time someone based their science fiction works on elements from Ghost in the Shell. The Wachowski Brothers drew inspiration from the anime when they created The Matrix Trilogy. I, myself, drew inspiration from Ghost in the Shell while writing the creation of the supervillain Cyber Shadow in my Young Guardians Series. Overall, it looks like Westworld is Jurassic Park meets Ghost in the Shell meets Blade Runner.
I have developed an interest in robot fighting because of the all-out carnage the robots inflict on one another. There have been so many technological innovations with each robot in the competition that I often wonder how much more robot technology will advance in the distant future. With this in mind, I am planning to draw inspiration from modern day robot fighting to create a sport that will take place in the interstellar government of my sequel series. Since one of the main characters is an android, this would be an ideal competition for him to participate in.
In the science fiction genre, there are a wide variety of mechanical beings: robots, androids, and cyborgs. The robot is conspicuously a machine, the android is human in appearance but is one hundred percent synthetic, and the cyborg is either an organic being with mechanical parts or a machine with organic parts. The one that I am intrigued with are androids because they are realistic imitations of a living being. Androids will play a significant role in my upcoming third volume because three new characters will revolve around the concept of the android, each having abilities that focus on either brain, brawn, or speed. If the human body is capable of these aspects, imagine how much further an android could push these abilities. Similar to Cyber Shadow, their physical conditioning will be considerably different than that of an organic being. I won’t reveal the full details of these characters or their backstory until the third volume is released, but what I can tell you is that one of them will have a very personal impact on one of the main characters.