Effabling the Ineffable in 2001: A Space Odyssey

The most memorable moments of the film version of 2001: A Space Odyssey are the opening, with the rendition of Strauss’ “Thus Spake Zarathustra” and the monkeys wielding lethal porcine femurs, followed by the exchanges between the self-aware robot HAL 9000 and the crew of the spaceship Discovery.  What makes these moments so familiar is the … Continue reading

Digital Reality

In three separate instances that I’ve tallied so far, Neuromancer describes ways for a person to be assimilated by a technology. These are characters that give up independence or humanity in order to be controlled by a machine. The author William Gibson has come up with some ingenious ways of conceiving this. Here are three: … Continue reading