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Offline serious crayons

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Re: Pet Peeves
« Reply #130 on: July 16, 2018, 09:57:09 am »
I was reading about artificial intelligence in TNY, and piqued by a description of Westworld. Anthony Hopkins plays a cyborg in it? Right up my alley.

Anthony Hopkins is in it, but he's not a cyborg, at least not as far as we viewers know so far. But the cyborgs are state-of-the-art (well, actually light years beyond the current state of the art), so it's one of those shows where you can't always tell for sure whether someone is a cyborg or not. The show is about what the difference is between humans and ultra-sophisticated robots and whether there even is a significant moral difference.

I'm a skeptic on that subject, but the show makes about a semi-plausible case. Apparently (in the show) the contents of human brains can be downloaded and uploaded the same way robots' can, so ...? The show is also very confusing because it keeps jumping around in time. One of its creators is Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan's brother, who wrote the short story from which Christopher's Memento was made. The time tricks in Memento compared to Westworld are like checkers compared to 3D chess.

Have you ever seen Blade Runner? I saw the first one when it came out in theaters decades ago, didn't like it that much and never saw it again. But then when my son and I were in Washington last fall we went to see Blade Runner 2049. This time I had a better idea of the concept (though not always exactly what was going on in the plot). Those robots are possibly even more human-like than Westworld's; even the robots don't know they're robots.


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I'm a bit behind. . .trying to make it through the second season of Grace and Frankie, but it's slow going.

I got through the second season, but I know what you mean. I don't like the show that much; I don't think it's very well written. But it's fun watching those four stars.

I watch about an hour of TV a night, usually while eating dinner and pretty late in the evening.

I don't just turn on the TV and click around to see what's on. I always know what I'm going to watch beforehand -- either an episode of a currently running TV series or a streaming series or, sometimes, a movie.

Sometimes it's a little over an hour, but rarely. For example, I watched a two-hour movie over the weekend and split it into two nights.

(FYI, it was pretty good: American Made starring Tom Cruise, based on the true story of a skilled pilot who's likable but not that bright and gets caught up in running drugs and weapons back and forth from Latin America in a mysterious covert project that eventually becomes Iran-Contra!)




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Re: Pet Peeves
« Reply #131 on: July 16, 2018, 06:21:29 pm »
I would have to have a TV or computer around.   I do enjoy reading, but I like seeing things on TV, or checking stuff out online.

How would I watch cat videos?   :laugh:


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!