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Westworlds Real Villain Has Always Been Its Privacy Policy

Throughout its two seasons, HBO’s Westworld has trotted out no shortage of bad guys, from robot gunslingers to mad inventors to dialog that sputters and clunks. There’s literally a Man in Black. But as the plot unfolds, the catalytic evil of the park has turned out to be something far less futuristic than far-reaching theories would imply. It’s the privacy policy. If you don’t watch Westworld, or if the plot has understandably spun your head beyond comprehension, a very, very quick recap: A company called Delos operates a fantasyland where…

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Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 5: More Dead Than Alive

There are many things that Westworld is. It is artful. Its scenes are sculpted with the same beauty and care that went into building the robots' exquisite bodies. It explores with delicacy the adjacent modes of consciousness that accompany sophisticated artificial intelligence. And then there are the things that Westworld is not. Warm, intimate, relatable, human? Nope, not lately. There is, for starters, the total absence of meaningful relationships. Both Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) have doting lovers, sure, but their ardor has the nuance of an…

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Westworld Is Turning Into Lostfor Better or for Worse

I never should have started watching Westworld. Not because I didn’t think it’d be good. An HBO show based on a Michael Crichton idea starring Evan Rachel Wood with all kinds of artificial intelligence? Sign me up! The problem wasn’t that Westworld wouldn’t be enjoyable, it was that it’s the kind of show that invites obsession. The kind that presents Big Questions—that never get answered. I worried, essentially, that it was going to be the next Lost. This feeling started to solidify last week after "Virtù e Fortuna," which in…

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Welcome To Westworld! Can You Retrieve Your Wedding Ring From The Robot Prostitute You Lost It In?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. Take the steam engine out of Westworld and return home. It’s good to be back home. I can’t wait to enter my house and see my wife. I love my wife. I love my wife! I LOVE MY WIFE! Enter your house. Your wife greets you as you enter. As usual, she’s wearing the wedding dress she never takes off because she’s so happy to have married you. “Hello, honey, welcome back home from Six Flags, the famously sexless amusement park. Did you enjoy…

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Elon Musk crashes SXSW panel to talk about space travel

Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, made a surprise appearance on the Westworld panel at SXSW. After getting cued up by Jonathan Nolan, the co-creator of HBO series Westworld, Musk walked out on stage to people cheering and one person screaming, “Elon, we love you!” During his stage time, he spoke about the excitement of space travel, sending a Tesla into a space and what a time it is to be alive. Musk kicked off his quick on-stage appearance with discussing how there are a lot of negative things in the…

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‘Westworld’ Season 2 teaser promises even more violent delights with even more violent ends

We did it, you guys.  SEE ALSO: 27 reasons 2018 might not totally suck (pop culture edition) We survived an entire calendar year without Westworld and made it all the way to 2018, so we can finally, finally see what comes of the hosts’ bloody mutiny. And we’re starting to reap our rewards. During Super Bowl LII today, HBO dropped the very first trailer for Westworld Season 2, which promises another ten episodes of violent delights with violent ends. Westworld returns April 22. Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/02/04/westworld-tv-trailer/

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Sex robots promise ‘revolutionary’ service but also risks, says study

Androids could offer valuable help to the elderly and disabled but may lead to the increased objectification of women Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) report, published on Wednesday, believe they could herald a revolution in sex, helping people who would otherwise find it hard to have intimate relationships. But they also raise concerns that sex robots could increase the objectification of women, alter perceptions of consent and be used to satisfy desires that would otherwise be illegal. Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe, assistant professor in ethics and technology at the Technical…

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