Believe it or not, there was a time when people didn't know what "cyberpunk" was, and indeed had probably never even heard the word before this three-minute clip, in which I explain it to them. Sort of.
[...] I agree with that statement that we need to start from scratch. In the philosophy of science one of the most important books ever is called The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn. He says science proceeds in paradigms. Most scientists are working within normal science and they are following a paradigm that was established by someone in the beginning of an era that lasts 100 years or 50 years. The only way to have the breakthrough in AI they are dreaming about is to have a paradigm shift. The reason all AI projects have failed is that they all work within the paradigm of computer science as an engineering discipline. We need a revolution in computer science.
I can speak about it in two different levels. I can speak about it at an intellectual level and that involves bringing philosophy, art and literature and linguistics into the writing of code. That’s a very abstract statement. On another level I can say that I actually have the code, I actually have friends that I’m working with, and they have written code which is a kind of AI. And it’s actually coming from industry computer science and not academic computer science, because the object-oriented paradigm – there actually was a paradigm shift in computer science about 25 years ago when it shifted from procedural programming to object-oriented programming, but university professors never look at that because it’s happening in the business world. The object-oriented way of programming software is already halfway the breakthrough that we need in AI – software objects that are free from the control of the programmer. This is what you see in the French philosophy that I’m very interested in. Thinkers like Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze and Baudrillard, basically they are making a critique of Rene Descartes, who developed the Cartesian method that is subject centered. And what the French postmodern philosophy is all about is that there’s something wrong with the subject being in control of the world. That’s why nature is being destroyed, that’s why men think they’re superior to women, that’s why humans think they’re superior to animals, that’s why Europe and America think they’re superior to the Third World and that’s why we took Africans as slaves and destroyed Native American cultures – because of this arrogance of the subject.[...]
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George Romero is Hollywood royalty, although he's probably really far down in the line of succession. The man invented a genre, for crying out loud, and a ridiculously popular one at that. Before Romero, zombie movies were actual zombie movies, couched in voodoo rituals and the like. (Did you ever see I Walked with a Zombie? Great movie, but it's actually an adaptation of Jane Eyre. Really.) So he knows a lot about zombies. And he's about to tell you a lot more about them with his next movie The Zombie Autopsies.
The Zombie Research Society has landed an exclusive story that George Romero has optioned the rights to Steven Schlozman's novel The Zombie Autopsies, which tells the story of a zombie apocalypse through the eyes of a small team of researchers trying to develop a cure. Since the zombie genre is one of the most ubiquitous in horror fiction these days, the concept feels a little familiar. But if Romero brings his "A" game to the project we could be in for a smart new take on Romero's old standard, focusing on a relatively new angle as opposed to the whole "gang of survivors fighting off zombies" schtick.
The problem, of course, is that Romero hasn't exactly been bringing his "A" game to the genre lately, with disappointing films like Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead, which at best boasted some neat ideas and at worst suffered from poor characterization and ridiculous plotting. (Really, George? A plot twist involving identical twins? What is this, Days of the Dead of Our Lives?) Schlozman's involvement could be an excellent new development, however, since he actually knows what he's talking about. In addition to being a member of the Zombie Research Society Board - just like Romero - he's also a director of Harvard Medical School, so he knows quite a bit about medical science and the drama that goes between folks who run a hospital together.
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