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Monthly Archives: March 2010

I was surprised to find this robot film by Spike Jonze (director of Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are).  It depicts not the sleek and stylish robots that we typically imagine in the near future, but robots that appear to be built from technology of the last millennium.  These robots seem to be more fragile and helpless than their human counterparts, a reversal of the familiar human-robot coexistence story. I’m Here is a 30-minute exploration of a robot’s human side and it definitely shows that it was written and directed by Spike Jonze.  If you can get past that, you can watch it in full at http://www.imheremovie.com/

It’s also worth noting that the interface for the movie tries to provide a virtual theater experience, having you wait outside the theater and interact with a ticket window.  It also provides the option to invite others to watch the movie with you via Facebook.  Not sure how that works.

Depending on others, trust, symbiosis, tit for tat: important things in a society.  On the other hand: greed, trust, betrayal.

Connected, the short film from Danish directors Jens Raunkjær Christensen and Jonas Drotner Mouritsen, explores these themes in 6 minutes or less.  Watch it below.

You can also read an interview with the directors.

P.S. I added Rajlich’s Research from the 991 arc to The Matrix Online section. Puzzlers rejoice. I’ll post back in the not too distant future with the solution to Tier3.

There’s been many things I’ve wanted to post in the last month but very little time to put anything together. I’ve really wanted to do more Ad Infinitum writings and my creativity has been bubbling (filled up 40 pages of my story notebook with notes so far) but I’ve been saddled with some school projects (building a motion sensitive alarm clock to wake you more restfully after REM sleep cycles and a research project on tomography). I also had the opportunity to spend some time listening to author Neil Gaiman talk at the university, which I was luckily able to record to aid my faulty memory. Listening to the recording and transcribing some quotes and stories to post here is on my to do list.

3 more weeks until spring break. I like to imagine I’ll find some free time hidden away there.

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