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Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park — which is looked after by robotic “hosts” — allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged.  – Synopsis

Artificial Intelligence

AI has come a long way in recent years. We now have smartphone companions that help us achieve simple tasks, and some robotics teams are creating fascinating machines that are downright eerie. Elon Musk has said that his greatest worry/fear is that we will create AI that will eventually replace us. (Or destroy depending on how you look at it.)  That may sound crazy at first, but if you really think about it and look at the evidence, Elon Musk is absolutely correct. He has compared the way that AI will look to us as the way that we look at ants now: If ants come in our way, we will eliminate them without a second though, but we will mostly ignore them.

On the other hand, the wide access to all of the world’s knowledge has greatly improved the human’s quality of life. AI could continue to bring even greater knowledge, at improved speeds, directly to us in the future and aid us in many ways. AI can succeed at living longer while human bodies will eventually fail.  If you had the opportunity to upload your consciousness into the “cloud” and “live” forever, would you?

Emotional Impact

Westworld does to me what I look for in all great works of entertainment: It makes me feel. 086627adf69aef8838865ef46a1f8ebeWhat I really look for in form of entertainment whether it be books, TV shows, movies, or video games, is to have the writing be done so well that it hits me with some emotional impact. There are a few scenes that stand out to me in Westworld. (With most of them being in the second half of Season 2.) It is hard to not get choked up when you feel the pain of a loved one being taken away from you, or by seeing a mother just trying to defend her daughter at all costs. The show is written so well that character’s backstories culminate into these amazing climaxes of human emotion. kemple-westworldThe beauty behind Westworld, is that these emotions come from artificially created stories and people. The real question is: Does that make it any less real?

The Truman Show Delusion

One of my all time favorite films, The Truman Show, has a physiological syndrome named after it for people who believe that they are acting out their life as a reality show.

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Good afternoon, good evening, and good night! 

When I start to go down the AI rabbit hole, I always come to this delusion again. Westworld also makes me think about this delusion. In a park full of AI robots, and the guests can’t even tell who is real, what makes us think that real life would be any different? I could by typing this for only AI to read it and interact with me on what I am writing.

Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? 

Music

If you look at some of my old posts (Please don’t though. They are even worse than current posts…) you’ll see that I have an obsession with soundtracks from all forms of entertainment as well. I had to add a section here about how awesome Ramin Djawadi did in creating the soundtrack for this show. It blew me away the entire time, and I am consistently listening to it on spotify. Check out this rendition of The Rolling Stone’s Paint it Black:

My Takeaway

 

Westworld is one of the best stories that I have experienced, and some of the scenes are shot so beautifully, it reminds me of a work of art. You can tell a lot of care was put into setting up virtually everything about this show. Go check it out.

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20 comments on “Westworld

  1. LOVE this programme, but I still haven’t finished season 2. I love the way this is filmed especially the opening sequence it’s amazing!

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  2. Renu says:

    I loved the season 1 of Westworld. Season 2 was a little disappointing and slow in terms of the stories. Although, the plots were bang on. I am planning to watch the old 1973 one since a very long time as it was created by one of my favorite author ​Michael Crichton. Thanks for bringing up the music.

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  3. Martie says:

    Very nicely done.

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  4. I remember seeing the movie, one night when there was nothing else on. I was pleasantly surprised. But I have not watched the series. I will check it out. Thanks. 😊

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  5. Anonymous says:

    I watched the original movie with Yul Brynner, and compared the two.
    All scary and enjoyable.

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  6. Sounds really interesting, especially since it might actually happen. Who knows. “AS” is a real thing and it’s developing every second. Nice Truman Show reference. Keep on going.

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  7. Noggy says:

    This is one of my favorite TV shows at the moment. It manages to entertain while touching upon many themes regarding philosophy and ethics. And the visuals are simply stunning … even when season 2 had some issues with pacing, it was impossible for me to look away.

    Love your post.

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  8. Jaimie Engle says:

    Agreed. I think West world has some of the best pacing on television I’ve ever seen. It’s brilliantly written, scary as hell, and so close to real that it makes me second-guess everyone around me. Great post.

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  9. Hi Chaz. Thanks for this. I am at a bad place in my life suffering with depression after I was made a victim for the past 4+ years. At least I know one person who knows I exist. I am living in a world where some getting away with horrendous crimes. Keep me in your thoughts.

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  10. Isabell W. says:

    I really liked your review! I have a friend that’s always raving about Westworld and now I understand a little bit why. XD

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  11. Good post. Have you checked out Julian Jaynes and his theory of the bicameral mind? If not you should definitely check it out. That was the pop-science of the day that helped influence Michael Crichton on the original story.

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  12. Westworld is really well done and I loved the music for it. I need to check out season two for more of those emotional moments though. Fantastic review!

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  13. I really like entertainment that makes me feel and think as well. John Gray, the philosopher and economist, destroyed Kurzweil’s transhumanist idea of uploading our mind into the cloud in his newest book.

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  14. Love the show overall (though Season 2 was a bit disappointing) but its consistently one of the best acted, most thought provoking shows on television. And I adore the score!

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  15. Shantall Elizabeth says:

    I absolutely love the show, the acting is so good and the cinematography is some of the best I’ve seen. I am having a bit of withdrawal waiting for season three.

    And as for the Truman Show Thing, I was a kid when I watched that movie and for a week straight I was convinced that my parents were not my real people and that I was being filmed.

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  16. Yorgos KC says:

    “Westworld does to me what I look for in all great works of entertainment: It makes me feel.”
    Loved this.
    Never heard of the show, but your post has certainly intrigued me! 😁🤓

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  17. Sue Young says:

    The original ‘Westworld’ movie had a huge impact on me, when I first saw it at age 11 or something. I was never quite the same again! Great post. Thank you.

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  18. I have a friend who is an Actor in Westworld and was in The Revenant also is Native American.

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  19. marietoday says:

    Westworld is phenomenal! I think nearly every moment of it is a masterful work of art. I haven’t watched the second season yet – I’m almost scared to because the first season blew me away.
    I’m glad to see you give Ramin Djawadi a shout out – the more I listen to his work, the more I think he is a genius. The piano covers used on Westworld are entrancing.

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