HBO’s Westworld Creators Talk AI, Sentience

Posted September 30th 2016


via Fast Company

As Game of Thrones marches into its final seasons, HBO is debuting this Sunday what it hopes—and is betting millions of dollars on—will be its new blockbuster series: Westworld, a thorough reimagining of Michael Crichton’s 1973 cult classic film about a Western theme park populated by lifelike robot hosts. A philosophical prelude to Jurassic Park, Crichton’s Westworld is a cautionary tale about technology gone very wrong: the classic tale of robots that rise up and kill the humans. HBO’s new series, starring Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, and Ed Harris, is subtler and also darker: The humans are the scary ones.

“The show is an allegory of how even today’s artificial intelligence is already taking over, by cataloging and monetizing our lives and identities,” writes Sean Captain of Fast Company. HBO has always had it’s finger on the pulse when it comes to mirroring contemporary society, and with advanced technology like AI encroaching on life as we know it, the subject matter of Westworld should prove entertaining to follow.