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17 April 2012 @ 09:10 pm
Happy Birthday, You Creepy Creepy Android  
The latest video to promote the much anticipated Prometheus, Ridley Scott's prequel to his famous Alien franchise.



I like that this video is presented like a real commercial to sell the new David model. Obviously if it were an actual commercial, Weyland Industries would go bankrupt as not a single soul would dare to buy David after seeing this ridiculously creepy video.

My favorite bit is David listing what makes him sad. It's such a nicely done scene where he answers the question of what makes him sad and cries tears, but ends it by saying he understands human emotions, even if he doesn't feel them himself. I have a feeling that last bit is going to be important.

On a related note, wouldn't it be fun to introduce David to HAL? They could engage in an extremely short discussion on ethics. "I do what I am asked to do." "Exactly."
 
 
 
X-parrotxparrot on April 18th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
Obviously in the future they have cracked a secret code that CREEPY AS HELL sells! (or they've just mastered subliminal messages, so say screw everything else)

--OR they are selling to the lucrative sociopathic CEO market!

(it's an awesome commercial though, and makes me very curious about the film...mmmmm possibly emotional AIs...)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 18th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Creepy is the chic of the future!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_Rainguardian_chaos on April 18th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, this looks spectacular. Michael Fassbender, look at you! That moment when he looks down and tears up a bit, right before his face blanks those tears away, was so disturbing. It was like he'd reached the end of that command function he calls "sadness," and so it just shut off on its own.

Great cinematography, as well. He sure likes flowers. XD
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 18th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
I also found it disturbing when they asked him what he thought about and his eyes sort of glazed over before refocusing back into reply. You can practically see the program running in his system analyzing what would be the least threatening response.

Based on the Alien franchise's history with androids, he's got a 50/50 chance of being good or evil.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BL_FlamingoInCrowdguardian_chaos on April 18th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
You can practically see the program running in his system analyzing what would be the least threatening response.

YES! Oh, I hadn't even thought of it that way. He must have some sort of self-censoring ability installed. Otherwise, I can't imagine him being able to fit in at all, given the high range of things he likely thinks about. He'd have to keep some thoughts secret, in one way or another.

Along these lines, I can't remember if I've already shown you this, but have you seen this AI-related video?



Pretty much as soon as I saw this advertisement for Prometheus, I thought of that. It's chilling and mind-shaking! I think you would find it interesting.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 18th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
Oh yikes! My reaction to Kara was almost the opposite that I had toward David. She seemed so hopeful while David looked vaguely sinister. Perhaps it's just Fassbender's face.

This also reminds me of a short film by Greg Pak called "Machine Love" that was part of a compilation he did called "Robot Stories" about an android office worker who finds love with a fellow android office worker. I liked how the film showed the discrimination that the androids faced. They were built to develop their vocabulary largely based on their interactions with humans and there's a rather poignant scene toward the end when the androids finally meet each other but can only express their love for one another using words like, "Freaky!" "Creepy!" as those were the bulk of the words they'd learned from the humans.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: DW_Cheersguardian_chaos on April 18th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
Haha! Yes, perhaps Michael Fassbender is destined for a life of "looking approachable and yet menacing at the same time." This tends to be how I see his characters, at least. In terms of Kara, I just want there to be more story for her! Alas, that's all there is so far. And I'm not sure if anything will be added. I got so many chills when she started screaming.

I believe I will go see if I can find "Machine Love" anywhere. I'm curious about it now! That bit with the vocabulary, in particular, intrigues me.

By the way, I don't know if you saw it, but I posted a second chapter of "Novice God." It's completely revamped from the one I showed you. I'm pretty happy with its development. :) ...and speaking of fics, I see you've also posted a new chapter of one of yours! Okay, so I'm going to go find that video, and also read that. Yay!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 18th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
Yes, perhaps Michael Fassbender is destined for a life of "looking approachable and yet menacing at the same time."

I suppose he's moved up a bit on the acting ladder. He used to just play menacing. Like ALL the time.

I believe I will go see if I can find "Machine Love" anywhere. I'm curious about it now! That bit with the vocabulary, in particular, intrigues me.

The entire set is called "Robot Stories." My personal favorite of the four shorts was "The Robot Fixer." The ending nearly made me cry.

By the way, I don't know if you saw it, but I posted a second chapter of "Novice God."

EEP! Okay, I'll read that after I finish grading these papers!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: ST_Captain'sChairguardian_chaos on April 18th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
I suppose he's moved up a bit on the acting ladder. He used to just play menacing. Like ALL the time.

Hee! Okay, yes. This is an accurate statement. XD

The entire set is called "Robot Stories."

So far, I have found descriptions, but not the videos yet. The descriptions for "Machine Love" say the androids are played by Asian actors, and the humans are played by non-Asian actors. Hmm. I'm not quite sure how to take that. I feel sad about that, though. Like it's comparing being Asian to being alienated. I'll have to watch the videos before I read into that any more, I think.

EEP! Okay, I'll read that after I finish grading these papers!

Yay!! Good luck with those papers. May there be few grammatical errors, and many coherent-and-easy-to-follow-arguments within them! :D
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 18th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
the androids are played by Asian actors, and the humans are played by non-Asian actors. Hmm. I'm not quite sure how to take that. I feel sad about that, though. Like it's comparing being Asian to being alienated.

Well, to be accurate, the actors who play the androids are both half White and half Asian. The male android is actually played by Greg Pak the director who is half Korean and half White.

All of the shorts in "Robot Stories" star Asian or half Asian actors. One could say that Pak is making a statement about alienation and Asian culture. Or perhaps the alienation of being biracial as expressed through his android characters (half white, half asian versus half human, half machine).

But I also feel like he's merely choosing actors of his own race and featuring them as the stars in his film the way in which many white directors do in their films while the minority actors take on the supporting roles.

Obviously not every white director does this, especially now. But I do find it interesting that when it's an predominantly minority cast, this somehow perks curiosity in people's minds while a predominantly white cast doesn't. And by people I mean even minority people.

Okay, wow, my rant for the day. I've been doing a lot of reading on topics related to do this for one of my gigantic papers.

Off to read fic!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: Sherlock_Heart+Mindguardian_chaos on April 18th, 2012 05:32 am (UTC)
I'm glad you pointed out the director's own background to me. I was afraid these films were throwing Asian actors into an "otherworldly" stereotype for the purposes of sensationalization, which can seem really dehumanizing at times. *coughs* Strange how a film's overall meaning seems to change based on who the director is in reference to the actors he chooses for his film.

But I also feel like he's merely choosing actors of his own race and featuring them as the stars in his film the way in which many white directors do in their films while the minority actors take on the supporting roles.

That is a disturbingly common theme. From my perspective, I'm often somewhat afraid of writing from the perspective of any minority member because I have this terror that I'll unintentionally misrepresent someone somehow. It's easier to represent what is 100% known, I guess. Which is sad, because that fear closes the door to a much wider, richer world, full of so many more ideas.

Okay, wow, my rant for the day. I've been doing a lot of reading on topics related to do this for one of my gigantic papers.

Ha! Hey, who am I to complain about rants? I love rants. Rant on! :)