Tag Archives: ROBOTICS

FILM REVIEW: TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

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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!

STAR WARS: K-2S0

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This is one of the new characters in Star Wars: Rogue One, K-2S0, who is a former Imperial enforcer droid working for the Rebel Alliance. If this droid calls someone a “meatbag”, I will be completely happy because it would be a reference from HK-47 from Knights of the Old Republic. Plus, being an enforcer droid, K-2S0 can serve as extra muscle because he is programmed and equipped with the best of Imperial engineering, which would make him a valuable asset in the Rebels’ mission to steal the Death Star’s plans. I hope he will be as lovable as BB-8 from The Force Awakens.

WESTWORLD: SELF-AWARENESS

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!

WESTWORLD: ANDROID CREATION

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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.

CONCEPT: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

For the longest time, I have been fascinated with the idea of artificial intelligence, a man-made consciousness that has a mind of its own and can think on a similar level to a human being.  While this consciousness is undeniably intelligent and can think, I wondered if it has memories, emotions, and desires of its own like any sentient being.  If this is the case, does an artificial intelligence have a soul?  Human beings, plants, and animals undeniably have souls, but whether or not a construct that was made by mortal hands has a soul is still an ongoing mystery.  Some of my characters in my upcoming third volume will be an example of this age-old puzzle.

CREATURE: ANDROID

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.

CONCEPT: CYBORGS

As a devout science fiction fanatic, I have always been fascinated by the idea of combining man with machine.  In many ways, cyborgs make me think of Kurzweil’s theory of transhumanism in which humans would eventually evolve into machines or transfer their consciousness into a computer system.  When I developed Cyber Shadow’s character, I wanted to create my own cybernetic character.  However, as advanced as this technology may sound, there are bound to be a few defects.  One example would be that the organic components of the cyborg would reject the robotic parts just as a metal plate can be rejected by a person’s body.  Another example is that there would be a chance that the cyborg’s only senses would be seeing and hearing while their remaining senses would be either gone or diluted.  A third example would be that the cyborg may not require food because they may not have either a mouth or digestive system, but would have the subconscious need to feed, which would result in constant hunger that they could never satisfy.  While depicting Cyber Shadow, I tried to illustrate on the psychological impact these defects can have on him.  In Cyber Shadow’s case, the only organic component in him is his brain, so when his brain is implanted into his robotic body, his brain suffers considerable mental strain as it struggles to adapt to its new physical conditioning.  Before he became a cyborg, Cyber Shadow was a sadistic school bully who was already mentally unstable and the defects of his cybernetics only exacerbates these traits.  With these flaws in his psyche, I drew inspiration for Cyber Shadow’s personality from the bullies who harassed me throughout middle and high school and the disturbed android Roy Batty from Blade Runner, who was also a product of the inevitable mistakes that human technology would generate.  Overall, whenever one is developing new technology, they should be cautious about the effects it would have on the people they are trying to sell it to otherwise the consequences would be disastrous.