Re: Semi-nonspoiler review: "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within"

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Jul 16 2001 - 02:17:51 MDT

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> Are people defensive or what? The movie didn't have a damn
> thing to do with or in any wise claim that the root of all evil
> was the development of technology. Sheesh.


Final Fantasy didn't depict technology as evil.
It depicted *skepticism* as evil.
This is quite possibly even worse.

I'm not objecting to that, though, so much as THE PLOT. Is it just me, or
did anyone else notice that they reflexively used a storyline - "collect
these eight objects" - that would have worked well for a Final Fantasy RPG
game supposed to provide 40 hours of gameplay, even though they were
instead writing a two-hour movie?

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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