BookTuber Tuesday – “The Real Moby Dick Was So Much Worse”

BookTuber Tuesday – The Old Guard Official Trailer

 

“The film is based off of a comic book authored by Greg Rucka (published in 2017 — you can read the first issue online here) and is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights). It also stars Marwan Kenzari, Matthias Schoenaerts, Luca Marinelli, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling, and Veronica Ngo.”  [Via]

 

Hmmm. Needs more Automata. At least these immortals don’t suck blood or something.

B.Y.O.B. – Bring your own Bob to this Memorial Day Weekend Giveaway

Get your American ass ready to honor Bob’s fallen heroes. She didn’t die in Vietnam for you to miss out on our sequel! Free Friday to Monday this Memorial Day Weekend.

Thank you for your sacrifice, Bob.

Don’t know who Bob is? Find out in our first volume. Also free. You’re welcome, America.

BookTuber Tuesday – City Arts & Lectures presents Rebecca Solnit & Brit Marling

 

“From ‘Upload’ to ‘Westworld’: The Cautionary Tales of Technology-Driven Series”

‘“Devs” mixes themes of religion with themes of technology because Garland considers them “versions of the same thing: They’re devotional, they’re faith-based, they make us feel dizzy, they make us feel small, they make us feel comforted,” he says, citing “the way in which the product launch of a new piece of tech can look like a very excited, feverish church meeting.”

All of these shows depict such devotion — often leading to great destruction — despite even the best of intentions. In “Devs,” Sergei (Karl Glusman) becomes physically ill when he learns what Forest’s code really does, and Forest has him killed. (Admittedly, he does resurrect him in that digital afterlife, making him what Garland calls “damaged” and “complicated,” rather than a “bad guy.”) “Westworld” spent its first two seasons peeling back the layers of both the people who both built and frequented the robot host-filled theme parks that let them play out their wildest childhood dreams, no matter how sadistic they turned out to be, and the hosts themselves as some of them gained awareness of their situation. And in “Next,” a pair of brothers (played by John Slattery and Jason Butler Harner) fall on opposite sides of what to do about an A.I. that develops into a super-intelligence and begins to manipulate the lives of those who are trying to shut it down.

Even though dramatic license is taken for the level to which these technologies evolve in these stories, the majority of the science is rooted in fact, which requires an ongoing research process, especially as the real world of technology changes over time.’

[Via]

See also: Gods in our Machines.