Sober Westworld theorizing

So much for drunk brilliance. I’m not sure what to say about this week’s episode other than the story seems both bigger and smaller than I thought. Corporate espionage and employment shakeups are not the world-building Matrix mindfucks I was anticipating. And the idea of all this as an “ownership” struggle between Ford and the corporate overlords doesn’t excite me too much. But it’s got to be deeper than that. What was that whole “board presentation” dog and pony show about? That’s some kind of misdirection. Maybe Delos wants to bring AI out of the park and Ford wants to keep his toys to himself? That seems sort of meh as a plot device. Or development of a Ghost-in-the-Shell type ability to transfer consciousness from body to body? Ford is an old man; he knows he can’t live forever. Or maybe he can? Where’s Elsie? And who’s human, and who’s not?

This article points out some Bernard actions and story that may look different in hindsight. And discusses the multiple-timeline theory.

Vanity Fair – Unsettling Questions

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