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 watched the premiere episode of Westworld and I must say that I am completely intrigued by the overall theme and possibilities it presents. In many ways, it reminds me of a combination between Blade Runner and Jurassic Park. The Blade Runner elements are the fact that this show features emotionally unstable androids that are indistinguishable from humans. The Jurassic Park elements are the fact that this is a futuristic theme park that could go horribly wrong. Androids that are becoming self-aware in a theme park is a recipe for disaster and I look forward to seeing how these biomechanical beings will evolve as the show progresses.
Because the interstellar government in my sequel series will have planets that specialize in specific areas, I am thinking of including a planet that specializes in scientific advancement. Even though the interstellar government will have standard advanced technology, this planet will be the most technologically advanced. The reason for this is because it would be inhabited by the most brilliant geniuses in known space and their daily activities would consist of scientific discovery. Their economy would rely on the production and sale of their technological innovations. All of the technology that exists in the modern world will seem like Stone Age tools by comparison.