MOVIES: Spielberg's A.I.

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Thu Mar 08 2001 - 22:45:07 MST

Looks like uploading may take a hit from Spielberg's forthcoming movie.

>From a news clip on the ShoWest movie convention in Las Vegas...

> "A.I.," for artificial intelligence, is Spielberg's latest film due
> in theaters this summer, and it will star Haley Joel Osment as a young
> boy who scientists equip with intelligence, but leave lacking a soul.
> He must go in search of who he is and how he fits into the world.

Why do people want to perpetuate a reality in which they believe
there is "magic" (that isn't) and yet seem to resist the development
of a reality in which one simply creates "magic" (that is)?

(The understanding of this statement, as written, perhaps illustrates
the degree to which one understands the "extropian" direction. If
you were the director of your own "Truman Show", would you have
the writers writing endless non-variant of days singing "Glory to God
on highest", or would you prefer to find yourself in Andre Norton's
Witch World, or McCaffrey's Pern, or Tolkein's Middle Earth, Zelazney's
Amber or Gallun's "The Eden Cycle"?

(see my Reading List page if you don't connect with the references.)

On my darker days, I realize the power of justice in the Universe
because I am clear that almost all of the believers in the various
faiths (Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Bhuddist, etc.) [that have not
been irrevocably decomposed into dispersed atoms] *will* be able to
have the endless reward they believe in...

The questions then become:
  "Have they fully anticipated the consequences of 'having it'?"
  "Will they want it if they know they can have it?"


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