cyberpunk

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The Matrix: green phosphors, neuroplasticity, and rejecting utopia w/ Adrian Falcone

Featuring guest co-host
adrian falcone headshotAdrian Falcone

This movie is awesome

It is! And also we’re old. But honestly this is still unironically the best thing. The legacy of the Matrix. Falling back in love with the Wachowskis. Addressing the sequels.

Cyberpunk

The Matrix as cyberpunk. Comparing against other touchstones. Philip K Dick. William Gibson’s review from the time.

When I began to write NEUROMANCER, there was no “cyberpunk”. THE MATRIX is arguably the ultimate “cyberpunk” artifact. Or will be, if the sequels don’t blow. I hope they don’t, and somehow have a hunch they won’t, but I’m glad I’m not the one who has to worry about it.

-William Gibson lol

Old school computing

Damn kids and their pixels. CRT displays and low/high persistence phosphorus and how we wound up irl with the bright glowing green text aesthetic that informed The Matrix. Eye fatigue back in the day. Computer-touchers. Staring at people at work for fun and profit. The Solarized color schemes.

The Matrix

Taking the red pill. How easy it actually really is to explain what The Matrix is. Neo is a giant, slimy baby. The inefficiencies of using humans as batteries when you have fusion power. Grass, tastes bad.

Benevolent AI Dictators

But WHAT IF The Matrix actually has humanity’s best interests in mind? The possibility that they really tried to give us our utopia.

Virtual worlds

Plasticity and your brain’s willingness to accept new input schemes. Designing The Matrix with a “failsafe” so the humans are unadapted to their physical bodies irl. Acquired synaesthesia. Supernumerary limbs and phallic cartwheels. Upside down goggles and adaptation to a new “up.” Permanence in sensory adaptations.

Hacking The Matrix

Bendable physics. The difficulty with bending or breaking the rules of computing hardware.

Links:

The Matrix: iTunes | Amazon Prime Video | YouTube
The Pizza Matrix (it’s terrible): YouTube
The Animatrix: iTunes | Amazon Prime Video | YouTube
The Backwards Brain Bicycle by Smarter Every Day: YouTube

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Total Recall 2012: falling through the planet, 3d scanning, and lasers in your eyes

Philip K Dick

Giving’em the old Philip K Dick joint. Cyberpunk. Adaptation fidelity.

Even though it looks like it’s the future…

Luminescent tattoos! Bioluminescence, electroluminescence, phosphorescence, and maybe some other -escences too! A world with three boobs. Well, maybe more than that in the whole world. Hand phones. Ubiquitous smart glass. Neck-mounted face-replacing direct-eye laser projectors. Memory manipulation and deletion.

“The Fall”

Digging a hole through the Earth. Trying to find hard things to do when building a space elevator is too easy. Adding unnecessary rockets to your earth-faller to reach a seventeen minute trip time. Digging deep in the Earth and heat issues. Finding impenetrable hot rock stew even without piercing the crust. Atmospheric pressure in the center of the Earth. Making it work by vacuum tube. The one easy straight line through the Earth that avoids the Coriolis effect, and the actually useful curved lines between land areas.

3d space-scanning

Camera rocket grenades that explode into camera bullets. Like a camera, but more messy. IR scanning. Two-dimensional room-mapping by Roomba. Photogrammetry. Playing VR hentai sex games in your room, in your room.

Links

Total Recall 2012: iTunes | Amazon
My room in VR in 1:1 scale (Photogrammetry Scan) by Az Balabanian: YouTube
FACE SWAP by David Gidali: Vimeo

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Johnny Mnemonic : Episode 133

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Johnny Mnemonic

What: Keanu hacks the Gibson and cyberjesus Dolph Lundgren goes super-sayan. And Yakuza.
Directed by: Robert Longo
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Dina Meyer, Ice-T

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Blade Runner : Episode 105

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Blade Runner

What: Harrison Ford hunts humanoid androids and it’s beautiful.
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah

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Robocop (1987) : Episode 98

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Robocop (1987)

What: Cop dies and evil corporation turns him into a cyborg Robocop. It’s awesome.
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy

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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 Futurism.com

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Ghost in the Shell : Episode 15

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Ghost in the Shell

What: In 2029 a special cybernetically-enhanced police force goes after a brain hacker.
Directed by: Mamoru Oshii
Starring: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Tamio Ôki, Akio Ôtsuka

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