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165: Robots Beyond



KMO welcomes Lane Adamson, editor of Robots Beyond, an anthology of unusual robot stories, to the C-Realm Podcast. Using Lane’s robot story patterned after The Grapes of Wrath as a backdrop, they examine the themes of robot religion and possible robot revolution as well as the role of the robot in popular culture and how the development of artificial intelligence might play out counter to our media-induced expectations.




Music by Indole Ring

The first mp3 that I uploaded to PodOMatic was corrupted somehow. I uploaded a slightly re-edited version on Thursday afternoon.

Podcasters, reach a wider audience by uploading samples of your material to Vocalo.org.

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warnwood
Aug. 6th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, has added another interesting robot to the gallery of movie classics that includes Robby, HAL, and R2D2 in a new film called "Moon" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1182345/). GERTY is voiced by Kevin Spacey, and owes a lot to his predecessors, especially the pint-sized drones in "Silent Running".

The story is derivative (or maybe it's a conscious homage to Phillip K. Dick, who knows?), but the odd relationship between Sam, the lone worker at an H3 mining operation on the dark side of the moon, and his solicitous companion GERTY (who flashes little emoticons on a tiny screen to indicate an approximation of mood) keeps the film interesting long after you've figured out what's going on. Check it out.
kmo
Aug. 8th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
I've read something about this film. When it comes out on DVD, I'll request that my local library obtain a copy.

Edited at 2009-08-08 07:12 pm (UTC)
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