Ghost in the Shell [2017] (feat. Jolene Creighton of Futurism) : Episode 86

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Ghost in the Shell [2017]

What: Scarlett Johansson-bot kicks a bunch of butt and questions the nature of self and it’s all very pretty.
Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano

Featuring guest co-host
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Jolene Creighton, managing editor at

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Show Notes

Future City

Where is this movie taking place? Was it made explicit? We’re thinking neo-Tokyo but what’s really interesting is the lengths they went to in order to make New Zealand look like a retro-futuristic Asian city.

Ghost in the Shell 2017 City cg before-and-after


Roots in Neuromancer etc. The rising Asian power of the period (Japan) and the mixing of western and eastern aesthetics.


And robot materials. Robot doctors. Metamaterials. Biorobots and cyborgs. Metal vs biomech. Blending in. Squishiness.

Robot eyes

Networked AR lens implants. Batou had a whole suite of EM filters! Thermal, night vision, and x-ray. X-ray! Otherwise known as “cancer mode.” How x-rays work and the danger he must posing to everyone around him.

Predator Vision

Invisibility Cloaks

Harry potter and Predator. First Predator vision, now predator invisisuit! Bending different frequencies of light around objects cloaked with metamaterials.

Memory and Self

Memory “glitch” medication. Implanting learning. Wiping memories and adapting brains to new bodies.

Man  vs Machine

The potential foreignness of artificial intelligence. The human brain as a meaning-making machine. Melding with the machines.

Nature of Self

And dualism and the great questions raised in the original film.

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