Virgil Vox, on 01 August 2015 - 01:18 AM, said:
One's paranoia about the cloning process was funny as well, especially since the tech just shut the lid on him mid-question. Can I say that I love that the cloning process requires the user to be in his underwear?
But if the clones are created naked and put on clothes that are already waiting for them, then why do their clothes disintegrate along with their bodies?
So androids in this universe don't usually have emotions? Or maybe some do but other's dont? Wendy had a personality and seemed to have emotions. Maybe the android just didn't expect to have them herself though she's been displaying them since episode one.
Operative word, "seemed." A pleasure droid would naturally be programmed to emulate emotions so as to be likeable and appealing. There wouldn't be much point in building a sex droid that didn't have the ability to pretend you were the most satisfying lover in the universe.
Still, I'm so sick of the "emotionless AI" cliche. There's no reason to think AIs couldn't have emotions. After all, emotions are the closest thing we have to programming -- they're automatic, hardwired responses to stimuli, rather than something we have to learn or that we can choose to experience. Instead of building AIs with no emotions at all, it'd make far more sense to instill them with emotions that guide their behavior the way we want -- e.g. experiencing great satisfaction at serving humans or revulsion toward the idea of harming humans.
Anyway, I recently binge-watched Red Dwarf
, and I'm struck by how much the Android reminds me of Kryten. Like him, she's prim, friendly, and obedient; she has internal nanobots that repair her damage (see "Nanarchy"); she's jealous when a new female boards the ship and competes for her crew's affections (see series 7); and she's developing emotions and sees it as a corruption of her programming (see "Back in the Red"). And she's getting "weird" and quirky, not unlike the generally neurotic Kryten (though more early Kryten than the over-the-top version of series 7 onward). I'm curious to see what happens if she tries to lie. "It's a small, off-duty Czechoslovakian traffic warden!"
Cardie, on 02 August 2015 - 06:26 PM, said:
It was a hoot that One angsted about all sorts of unlikely dangers of travel-cloning but never stopped to think that replication based on his DNA would reveal his real face.
Well, he's not very bright.
Though in his defense, he didn't know enough about the method of impersonation to know whether that was even an issue. For all he knew, he was a natural doppelganger for Corso, or maybe the guy claiming to be the real Corso was lying.
Cybersnark, on 06 August 2015 - 11:10 AM, said:
That artwork is beautiful. So I guess now the question is, do these panels represent actual settings/events in the Dark Matter universe? That second one (with the giant cherry trees) looks like property the Ishidas would own.
I wondered the same thing. If they are, though, I doubt the show will have the budget to actually go to those places.
RJDiogenes, on 09 August 2015 - 04:44 PM, said:
I was thinking about that. At one movie every three years, Star Wars 36-- or wouldn't that be Episode XXXVII?-- would come out in 78 years.
Except that Disney's current plan is to release a new movie every year, either in the main series or part of their "Anthology" line. We don't know whether the "36" includes just the core films or all the films. Also, of course, there was a gap of 16 years between the first two trilogies and a gap of a decade between the second and third trilogies. Film series wax and wane in popularity. It's probable that the future pattern will be the same as the past pattern -- periods of new content alternating with periods of dormancy. There's no way to estimate how long it'd take to get to the 36th film.
Although if we count all the announced upcoming films, that would mean there would be 12 films in all between 1977 and roughly 2020, a span of 43 years. That's an average of roughly one film every four years (43/11, if we start the count with the first film's release). If we project that average forward, then the estimated release date for the 36th film would be 137 years after the original film, or 2114. Depending on how long the downtimes in the series' future are, it could be decades before or after that. And of course, if it's a "classic," then it's probably decades old at the time of the episode.