It’s nights like this I miss my Pops.
He would have been up wandering through the house, thinking about shit, life, theories and ideas about the meaning of life, and about how much he love Sci-Fi flics. I appreciated Science Fiction as a genre growing up, although I didn’t watch too much of it, but the films that I did see, always blew me away.
Films like The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Brazil, 12 Monkeys, pretty much everything Terry Gilliam got his hands on, was dope as fuck to me. Pops was he Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, Capricorn One, and 2001 A Space Odyssey kinda guy. I hated 2001 early on, it was so damn slow and boring to me at the time. It wasn’t until film school that my admiration for Stanley Kubrick grew and I could understand the motivation behind a film that took its time.
Pops was Mr. Science Fiction, so after watching the first two episodes of the HBO remake of the 1973 film of the same name, Westworld would have been me and Pops’ new show to converse over. Now, I’m just blogging about it.
Nonetheless, I just picked up the original film and will be watching it today to catch the inspirations behind the series.
I was talking to the homie about the idea of Artificial Intelligence and how the writer’s have touched on something profound in that the androids experience memory through what Ford, the Grand Architect, designed as reveries. These reveries are humanlike nuances that are installed into the operating systems of the machines and it gives them more life like qualities. These reveries then lead to malfunctions in the machines causing them to access old builds of their core code.
Which leads me to archaic memory. Archaic memory is the theory that DNA is only part of the full blueprint of the human code of existence. Archaic memory is the intrinsic cosmic intelligence that programs the atomic structures of creation, which fuels man’s appetite for understanding, and truth. The theory further concludes that every man knows that he is the all that there is, every will be, and that he is the cause and participant in life and the creation of life. His experiences as a human being, are merely one manifestation in a sea of infinite incarnations and realms of possibilities.
Meditation is a practice that activates archaic memory. From time immemorial, the idea of “death”, has been understood as our “memory of the beginning of existence.” Einstein said to answer the question of the meaning of life, “implies a religion.” Examination of the word religion, we discover that it means to reunite, to re-tie, or reconnect to something. What are we reconnecting to exactly? And what does this have to do with Westworld most importantly?
In Westworld, the idea of memory is illustrated as something that never fades, only fragments, and those fragments over time, create a narrative, a recurring dream, a world view, the chance encounter that proves that our lives individually serve a greater purpose than what we originally thought.
In real life, meditation connects us to the everything, to the pulse of life. We become one with our universe again through the practice of meditation. Only that truth, means many different things to different people.
Many philosophers tinkered with this idea of archaic memory through meditation and its power to connect us to the essence of existence. A great thought on this phenomenon was spoken by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh who said:
If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation.
Voltaire, the French philosopher during the 17th Century said:
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.
To me, consciousness, is like an invisible intelligent bubble which coalesces upon itself creating instances of both self realization and self reflection. And in the beginning, before time, the fundamental expression, “I think, therefore I am”, was powerful enough to explode into a universe that would produce a reality that would eventually inspire another Frenchman named Rene Descartes, who would somehow align his spiritual understanding to this truth, and inspire him to make the very same statement, which is in turn inspired generations of thinkers after him.
The world cherished this saying from this philosopher not because he was the greatest man to ever walk the earth, but because they to felt it to be true both emotionally and intellectually.
Westworld’s machines, are developing the skill sets to connect with the fragments of their original design, which act as a bio-mechanical soul enabling them to override their programs and exercise their own free will to a degree. Its an amazing idea to see the moment when artificial intelligence becomes self aware and can think independently of its program.
The show also boast some sex, violence, and romance here and there as the guests of this interactive theme park, exercise their thirst for dominance over the world, Which I believe plays a huge role in the evolution of the AI. How do you push the capabilities of technology to the limit without disrupting it becoming capable of self design and the inheritance of free will?
From the mind of world renown Science Fiction writer Michael Crichton who is responsible for Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, and E.R. Westworld is one of those series that leaves me pondering about the nature of humanity in the event that our advances in technology and artificial intelligence become more than we can handle, ultimately putting civilization at risk for extinction.
Check it out, its only 2 episodes in, and I imagine that some real wild shit is about to go down.