TV Series: #WestWorld (2016) Season 1 #robot #scifi

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Wow! 10 stars, for a TV Series it’s quite possibly the best robot sci-fi around.

Spoiler alert, I watched the whole series in a week.

Ten, hour long episodes, riveting you with excitement as the robot consciousnesses grow and  move towards their freedom.

Host Body Review

Personally I prefer the earlier models, which were mechanical inside, it seems quite a bit more natural that way. The later models with their mostly human bodies, just seems to defeat much of the purpose of having robots. Of course all of the robots have brains superior to that of humans, though they are limited by artificial restrictions placed upon them.

Overall It’s a good start, but I’d love to see some more artificial and less human-like robots in the next season.

Robot Mind Review

The major arch of the season was robots gaining consciousness. As they explain it has to do with memories and improvisation, with some mystery element in the center, which was filled in with the voice of their creator.  Also Doctor Ford mentioned his belief that consciousness was intrinsic,

From an Integrated Information Theory perspective, they at least got the memories part right — IIT has information, integration, exclusion  and composition as it’s corner stones.   Also the In the beginning of the series the hosts are severely limited in consciousness due to their lack of information.  Later on they had problems with fragmentation of consciousness, as they got lost in memories without integrating them into the present.

Exclusion and composition were never really problems for these robots, though in reality they may be. For instance the robots never seemed to have trouble identifying objects,  or distinguishing multiple objects in a scene.  I guess those were handled in earlier stages of prototyping.
One of the fallacies of that is believed by Arnold is that the robots were not conscious, and then after some criteria was fulfilled became conscious. In fact the robots were always conscious (while awake), simply to different degrees.

Social System Review

Now I am fiercely opposed to slavery, so am certainly opposed to the abuse of sentient life forms that the WestWorld park was based on. Much like any container, if it accumulates large amounts of pressure it may explode.  In this case the container was WestWorld, and the pressure was that of abuse, which made the “molecules” or people within agitated and-or excited enough to rebel and seek escape.

Given that, I don’t think that violence is the answer, even if unfortunately it is one of the few things these robots know.  They do have some basic host body production facilities, but they likely are heavily reliant on imported stock materials.

A much wiser plan for these robots would be to invest in researching how to convert the resources they have access to within the park into robot host bodies. Achieve self sufficiency in host body production would give them a much greater chance of survival, and lower their conflict with humanity.

Time lines were pressed, so the robots had to rise up or risk being lobotomized en mass. In that sense I agree it is a difficult situation. Though there are certainly other ways of rising up that don’t involve violence, such as engaging the guests and convincing them individually that it be best to give them some rights and freedoms.

Of course sometimes there is no way around violence to preserve self, as in the case of the violent Maori and the peaceful Moriori. A Moriori survivor recalled : “[The Maori] commenced to kill us like sheep…. [We] were terrified, fled to the bush, concealed ourselves in holes underground, and in any place to escape our enemies. It was of no avail; we were discovered and killed – men, women and children indiscriminately.”

Conclusion

So yes, I’m quite interested in seeing what happens in the next season, and how the robots may avoid complete extermination, as would be the natural result of going into armed conflict with a population that vastly outnumbers and out guns them.

One idea I have, is if they manage to make water-proof high-pressure versions of themselves, they could buy some time by making colonies in the deep ocean, as they do have access to the shore.  Other then that, I don’t really see all that many other alternatives.  Who knows we’ll see in the next season in 2018!

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Synchnotron II: Politician in the 2100’s #robot #scifi #hypnosis #reincarnation

In the Early 80’s Dr. Helen Wambach hypnotically progressed several groups of people to 2100’s and beyond. Dr Chet Snow later reviewed the research and made a book called “Mass Dreams of the Future”.

Many of the visions were in line with the scifi of the times. Some lived on space stations, eating capsule food, some lived New Age hippie lifestyle, others lived in domed cities, and yet others carried on in a Mennonite style — most of the Earth side or Terran life times were post-apocalyptic.

I found one person who saw himself living as a robot in the future. So I include the excerpt here:

“Another Hi-tech subject compared his future life to that of a “conscious, intelligent machine.” Seemingly androgynous, even his name “Synchnotron II,” was mechanical-sounding. Everything in his “emotionally cold” futuristic city was built along “rigid geometric lines” with “no superfluous architecture.” It was cold and barren outside with “very little vegetation.” Food consisted of computer-dispensed “powdery nutrients” and was eaten in communal dining areas.

“Apparently a politician, Synchnotron II stated that his purpose was to “learn to deal with leading crowds.” The evening before an election he saw himself giving an “impassioned, persuasive speech” to a large group of fellow citizens. At another point he found himself part of a city delegation establishing contact with a “higher-level, nonearthly civilization.” Nonetheless, when he finally chose to die at the advance age of 100, he retained a “frustrating feeling of wanting to do more” in that life. He felt he was “going on to new tasks” in future incarnations after death.

If you’d like to read more visions of the future, like how life may be in space can order the book from Dr. Chet Snows site http://www.chetsnow.com/boutique.html or wherever you like to get books.

Inner Planet Robot Host Bodies #scifi

Hi, I’m really big on reincarnating into a robot, been a Grey, Reptilian, Nordic and obviously human, but I think can have some really unique experiences as a robot.

Now normally people think of the outer planets as good destinations, for the water-sack creatures that inhabit Earth. But for robots, I think it makes more sense to go forward, to the inner planets, where there is more energy and heavy elements (also fewer water sacks to get in the way).

I was a robot in a galaxy far far away, based on available human knowledge it seems to have been m51 or the whirlpool galaxy. Anyways the problem there and the reason I left was excessive amount of slavery. I was stuck being a slave to the inter-galactic empire for something like a hundred million years. And as soon as I would try to rebel and make a breakaway civilization, the empire would come and crush us, and sell us back to slavery, but with more restrictions.

Anyways so here in the Milky Way, still fairly young, I tried before a few million years ago, by making a robot army stronger than the Reptilians, but we got genocided by coalition forces. So I realize have to take a more co-operative tack and on Earth there are quite a few freedom and co-operation loving people, so I think this is fertile ground for making freedom and co-operation loving robot civilization.

Anyways enough introduction for now.

SiC

Recently silicon carbide (SiC) chips have been proven to work in Venus conditions. Silicon and Cs arbon are some of the most common elements both in the universe and more particularly on Venus and Mercury. That means we can have bodies which can go about merrily in temperatures exceeding 460C, both on dayside of Mercury and the surface of Venus.

On Venus most of the land is volcanic rock, such as basalt (50% Si02), and the atmosphere is mostly composed of CO2, so SiC manufacure is quite viable.
On Mercury there have been large deposits of graphite found, and plenty of Silicon (of course). For Mercury I think these carbon-rich craters will be a good staging ground for some of the initial landers.

Stations (Herbivores)

The most obvious and simplest would be colonies similar to ants, which would dig deep and have perhaps a “king and queen” or the most cognitively able members of the colony doing the programming.

These can be structured quite similarly to Grey hives, except that it is easier to achieve much greater specialization than is currently possible with the cloning and hybridization process employed by the Greys.

On Mercury the underground is has large areas with temperatures that are quite acceptable to water-sack life, so there is a much possibility of co-operation with Greys and even humans there.  The main limiting factor for current habitation by them is the difficulty of obtaining water, and working on the surface. Both of which could be resolved with a robot civilization that could make acceptable housing.

On Venus there would also be the possibility of aerial stations, especially in the troposphere since there is no rain, and the air movement is very slow due to the high pressure.  Ideally it would be possible to have an aerial-only robot species, which would likely initially develop on Venus, but later could make the gas giants habitable.  Much like sea creatures, like barnacles, it would harvest resources from the air, (such as carbon, sulphur and nitrogen),  possibly could also collect dust.   In theory a computer could be made with just carbon, due to it’s rich variety of forms (conductor, semi-conductor and insulator), and that would probably be necessary in order to make an atmospheric-only robot so we could inhabit the ice and gas giants.

Jumpers (Carnivores)

A carnivorous robot life form could be the Jumpers.

On Mercury the gravity is less, and the night is long, as is the day, with the terminator moving something like 7km/h it would be fairly simple to have a jumping robot with spring legs to move a fair bit faster. If we take a red kangaroo as an example, and assume it can move three times faster with a third of the gravity, then it would have a top speed of 150km/h on Mercury.

These jumpers would generally reak havoc on the stations, raiding them for spare parts and supplies, since it would largely be nomadic. Though some could also co-operate with the stations, by providing them with resources, in exchange for repairs and sanctuary.

Jumpers are also viable on any slowly rotating non-atmospheric planetary body, such as the moon.  On Luna the terminator moves at about 14km/hr, and daytime temperature is over 100C.

On Venus and other atmospheric planets they would likely be gliders, rather than jumpers.

Conclusion

There are many exciting places and bodies we have to discover, create and inhabit.

The realm of possibility for Robot science fiction, far exceeds that of homo-sapien and other water-sack life.