• JWSchmidt

    Programming Division

    November 10, 2016 by JWSchmidt

    As a fan of science fiction stories about human-like robots and artificial life forms, I'm having trouble accepting the depiction of Westworld's Programming Division. I don't see how a few "programmers" such as Bernard Lowe and Elsie Hughes can possibly program all of the new artificial Host personalities that act out new adventures for Guests such as Odyssey on Red River. As depicted in Westworld, the Programming Division seems barely able to understand and manage the existing Hosts, let alone craft new ones.

    Thus, for me, the Programming Division of Westworld seems as artificial and unrealistic as the idea that programmer Dennis Nedry created all of the millions of lines of computer "code" for Jurassic Park. The portrayed plot problems in Wes…

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  • JWSchmidt

    Artificial Families

    November 8, 2016 by JWSchmidt

    When Isaac Asimov began creating stories about robots, he imagined the integration of robots into families. In his story "Robbie" (published in 1940), a rather primitive robot became the "nursemaid" for a little girl.

    Ray Bradbury later devised a story about a robotic grandmother who served as a replacement care-taker, taking the place of the dead mother of some young children. "I Sing the Body Electric" was episode 100 of the The Twilight Zone (1962).

    Later (1976), Asimov wrote "The Bicentennial Man", a story about a robot that became part of a family. The story was made into a film staring Robin Williams (1999). In that film, the robot eventually had itself re-built so as to be composed of biological body parts and turned into a mortal being…

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