Westworld Redux: Artificial Intelligence and real questions about human-ness

Many years before Michael Crichton created an exotic theme park with creatures from the past made flesh, he created one with futuristic robots brought to life. Not in a novel, but in a film that was far ahead of its time, one that he wrote and directed, the 1973 cult classic, Westworld. Set in the not-too-distant future, Delos is the ultimate vacation destination, with three different worlds, each revolving around a different theme. The promise is one of a completely authentic and totally immersive experiences, free from any and all consequences, which Delos provides to guests who can afford it. For a bit of unbridled bacchanalia and other hedonistic pleasures, there is Roman World, set in delightful and decadent Pompeii. Prefer to fight with swords and seduce young maidens? Head…


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