Cold Takes: The Western World

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So, Westworld. Finally got around to watching the first two episodes last night. I like it. I'm not s
 
October 13 - Issue #20
M.G. Siegler
So, Westworld. Finally got around to watching the first two episodes last night. I like it. I’m not sure it’s a great show yet, but it has some great actors, looks fantastic, and it’s highly thought-provoking – far more so than most content out there.
Part Jurassic Park, part Truman Show, part Groundhog Day, part Deadwood, part A.I., part Ex Machina, part The Andromeda Strain, part several other things. A fascinating combination of parts that together raise a range of ethical questions. Questions which seem particularly timely given the rise of artificial intelligence discussions in our culture. 
Speaking of The Andromeda Strain, showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy (who are married – and yes, Jonathan is Christopher Nolan’s brother and frequent collaborator), have done an excellent job modernizing what was a 1970s film Michael Crichton both wrote and directed (and, as a result, we continue to see what a loss his death in 2008 was to the world).
Again, not sure it’s a great show yet, but it’s clearly a must-watch. (It also gets bonus points for the use of modern music – “Black Hole Sun”?! – via western auto-playing piano.)

5ish Links
"It puts me in a mood to go there."
How AI will (and won't) change the world
Our Universe, Now 10x to 20x More Robust
"That's a crime. That's a crime. There's a big difference."
"It's not the locker room, it's YOU, motherfucker."
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