Progress is not guaranteed. Be it moral, technological, scientific, or social, there is no reason to assume human civilization marches forever forward in step with time. Understood this way, we can realize that progress is a choice and something we as a species will to happen through the concatenation of our decisions. <read full story here> @ <http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/>
Thought I’d put this one up on the site because I’m really into the half human and robot thing at the moment. The design bits are awesome, but to me it’s the questions it raises. They touch on it here in this article for the game.
I also recommend a book called “Machine Man” by Max Barry. It’s one of those books you read in 24 hours. I was pounding through it telling James “Man, we gotta make this one into a movie!”. Got to the end, looked it up and sure enough Aronovsky is attached.
There’s still a wealth of ideas behind the idea of human choice to go droid… we may be working something up ourselves here in the background… more to come!
This is a really good take on China. I find it even more interesting, because he’s echoing a lot of my thoughts after shooting a film there last year. I really like this little insight that pertains to collaboration between east and west:
“We believe that the worst thing that can happen to you is losing face. Therefore we carefully define our objectives upfront. Once defined we will not easily let go. We will always look for ways to guarantee both parties win something, so nobody will lose face. But we will only do that if we respect our opponent. If not, we will not hesitate to take what we want without taking into consideration the other. (He gently smiled at me.) And we never show our emotions in public, like Westerns often do. By doing that you reap nothing but contempt from your opponent.“ – chinese business man
In 2003 AMC aired, as part of a series of docs about movie production, an hourlong episode entitled “Malkovich’s Mail.” Screenwriters all across the country were submitting unsolicited material to Mr. Mudd, a production company John Malkovich was associated with, and the doc is a look behind the curtain at what happens to the vast majority of these submissions… <read the full post and see the other 4 parts here> @ <http://nofilmschool.com/>
Everyone has ideas, everyone has stories and everyone has dreams… Now that’s “Vision of the People”!