Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ethics, A.I. and Caprica

Lots of posts are out there about the new series Caprica coming in 2010 (but which we will get to see before that ) from the creators of Battlestar. I won't bore you by repeating them. If you haven't heard of the show yet, though, here is some interesting stuff (collected in one place).



(The official trailer for the show)

*Here is the cast and creators talking about the show.



(Bear McCreary, the composer of Battlestar's incredible music, and also the composer for Caprica, playing the theme on solo piano)

And, finally, if you're excited about the idea of thinking about ethics and A.I., there are some other texts available right now for you to pick up:

-Skinned by Robin Wasserman (at Amazon): this one is going to be especially interesting in that it shares some major plot points with Caprica (at least what we know of it so far)
- D.A.R.Y.L. (at Amazon): The ethics really hit home in this totally underground film (which was a major release in its day, but has since been completely forgotten) because the cyborg/A.I. in question is a child
- Ghost in the Shell (at Amazon): quite possibly one of the greatest anime of all time
-Blade Runner(at Amazon): The classic, the first film to have the balls to ask these questions without giving us full answers
- A.I. (at Amazon): of all the films on this subject one of my least favorite because the emotional manipulation is so blatant, but still a good movie that asks all the right questions.
- The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov: This is the classic novel that, even more so than any of the robot stories (and I know I'm going to catch hell from SF purists on this one) best explores what happens when humans have to interact with robots that look just like us.

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