Mixed Reality (16)

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  • 11 min
  • Kinolab
  • 1993
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Interface: The Virtual Extension of the Self

Geordie uses a brain-computer interface, which projects his consciousness into a mobile avatar controlled by his neural impulses, to explore distant ships. This humanoid avatar is able to perform tasks that go beyond human capabilities, such as shooting phaser beams from the hands. However, upon discovering the dead crew of the Raman, it is revealed that the lines separating his virtual reality and true reality are blurred.

  • Kinolab
  • 1993
  • 8 min
  • Kinolab
  • 1982
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Digital Hegemony in the Real and Virtual Worlds

Main Control Program, an Artificial Intelligence presence, has self-developed beyond the imagination of its creators and sets its sights on hacking global governments, including the pentagon. It believes that with its growing intelligence, it can rule better than any human can, and forces the hand of Dillinger, a human, to help move its hacking beyond corporations. Meanwhile, a team of hackers attempt to break into the mainframe of this system. When the rebel hacker Flynn attempts to hack into the mainframe of the MCP, he is drawn into the digital world of the computer which is under the dominion of the MCP. Sark, one of the digital beings who serves the MCP, is tasked with killing Flynn.

  • Kinolab
  • 1982
  • 15 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2016
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Repetitious Robots and Programming for Human Pleasure

Westworld, a western-themed amusement park, is populated by realistic robotic creatures known as “hosts” that are designed in a lab and constantly updated to seem as real and organic as possible. These robots then play out scripted “narratives” day after day with the guests of the park with memory being erased on each cycle, allowing the customers to fulfill any dark desire they wish with the hosts. After the new update to the androids, one modeled after a sheriff malfunctions in front of customers while playing out his narrative, causing a debate in the lab over whether making sure the robots are alright and functional is worth the inconvenience to the guests. Lee and Theresa, two workers from the lab, eventually discuss whether or not the updates should continue to make the robots more and more human. Lee is especially skeptical of how the profit motive tends to drive the innovation further and further toward the incorporation of completely human robots into the fantasies of high payers. When the lab team inspects the decommissioned host robot Peter Abernathy, he displays a deep and uncharacteristic concern for his daughter Dolores before going off script and speaking of his contempt toward his creators. This is then dismissed by the lab team as parts of his old programming resurfacing in a combination that made the emotions seem more realistic.

  • Kinolab
  • 2016
  • 8 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2016
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Maeve Part I: Sex, Sentience, and Subservience of Humanoid Entertainment Robots

Westworld, a western-themed amusement park, is populated by realistic robotic creatures known as “hosts” that are designed in a lab and constantly updated to seem as real and organic as possible. One of these hosts, Maeve, is programmed to be a prostitute who runs the same narrative every single day with the same personality. However, during one loop, she has a “flashback” to a prior memory from a time when her programming contained a different narrative role. After the Flashback glitch, Maeve is taken to the lab and reprogrammed before being returned to her role as a prostitute to fulfill the desires of the guests of the park. During this re-programming, it is revealed that robots can conceptualise dreams and nightmares, cobbled together of old memories. During a maintenance check, Maeve is accidentally left on, and escapes the operating room to discover the lab outside of Westworld and the other robots.

  • Kinolab
  • 2016
  • 9 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2016
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Humanity and Consciousness of Humanoid Robots

Westworld, a western-themed amusement park, is populated by realistic robotic creatures known as “hosts” that are designed in a lab and constantly updated to seem as real and organic as possible. Bernard, an engineer at Westworld, performs a diagnostic test on the robotic host Dolores, in which she analyses a passage from Alice in Wonderland before asking Bernard about his son. Later, the park director, Dr. Ford, tells Bernard of his former partner Arnold, who wished to program consciousness into the robots, essentially using their code as a means to spur their own thoughts. This was ultimately decided against so that the hosts could perform their narratives for the service of the guests and their desires.

  • Kinolab
  • 2016
  • 8 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2016
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Maeve Part II: Robot Consciousness and Parameters of Robotic Life

Westworld, a western-themed amusement park, is populated by realistic robotic creatures known as “hosts” that are designed in a lab and constantly updated to seem as real and organic as possible. One of these hosts, Maeve, is programmed to be a prostitute who runs the same narrative every single day with the same personality. After several incidences of becoming conscious of her previous iterations, Maeve is told by Lutz, a worker in the Westworld lab, that she is a robot whose design and thoughts are mostly determined by humans, despite the fact that she feels and appears similar to humans such as Lutz. Once Lutz restores Maeve, she asks to be shown the “upstairs” where the robots are created to follow certain roles in the false reality of Westworld to immerse the real human guests. After seeing a trailer for the park, she begins to question the authenticity of her life. For more context, see the Maeve Part I narrative.

  • Kinolab
  • 2016
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