• Blade Runner, West world, Godzilla Raids Again (3/1)

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    BLADE RUNNER – I watched the USA theatrical cut with the voice over; it’s unusual after seeing it so many times without. I do think that the voice over is superfluous, but it’s interesting to hear it for a change. I was sure that there was more voiceover, but there really isn’t that much

    GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN – I tried to watch the English dubbed version of this, but it’s a much different movie with the voice-over and the different script. I don’t think that the script on this one varies as much in English as the versions of the first film did. Where’d the white guy come from? Raymond Burr? I suppose the intent was to make it more watchable for American audiences in the 50s, but it really changes the feel of the film.

    WESTWORLD – Nearly everything in this adult theme park is completely indistinguishable from the real. The human shaped beings can only be sorted into Human and Android by looking at the hands. Somehow, the scientists could figure out elbows and mouths and genitals, but hands? Whoa, there! Hand’s are tough. All the robots obey Asimov’s laws, until an infectious agent (virus) begins to corrupt the systems.

    While the guns have safeties to prevent humans accidentally shooting humans, I’m a bit surprised that no human-on-human injuries happen in the bar fight, with furniture flying everywhere.

    INT. CONTROL ROOM

    Scientist:
    The majority of the breakdowns were minor or peripheral until about 6 weeks ago.
    Then Roman World had a rise in breakdown rate which doubled in a week.
    In addition, we saw a disproportionate rise in central as opposed to peripheral breakdowns.
    Now, we identified some problems with humidity control. And regained homeostasis.
    Despite our corrections, the breakdown rate continued to climb.
    Then Medieval World began to have trouble.
    Now we’re seeing more Western World breakdowns.
    And there’s a clear pattern here which suggests an analogy to an infectious disease process spreading from one resort area to the next.
    Perhaps there are superficial similarities to disease.

    Scientist:
    It’s only a theoretical concept.
    There are many ways to order that data.

    Scientist:
    I must confess, I find it difficult to believe in a disease of machinery.

    Scientist:
    We aren’t dealing with ordinary machines here.
    These are highly complicated pieces of equipment almost as complicated as living organisms. In some cases, they’ve been designed by other computers.
    We don’t know exactly how they work.


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