Westworld : the start of artificial consciousness ?
Have you ever dreamed of living in a lawless world where you can commit whatever crimes with impunity and won’t be afraid of retaliation ? In a society without real influence on you ? Welcome to Westworld amusement park !
Westworld is an American science fiction series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for HBO. Inspired by the motion picture of the same name written and directed by Michael Crichton, the series’ debut has been a record for the channel HBO, so much so that, some of the media have said Westworld will dethrone the famous Game of thrones. Indeed, the first episode, premiered on October 2 2016, has assembled 3.3 million viewers. This represents a serious performance, specially for a pay TV channel. How to explain this success ?
A suspense simply unsustainable
The series takes place in a futuristic amusement park called Westworld and based on a fictional Western themed. Westworld is populated entirely by synthetic androids in human form called “hosts” who are reset at the end of each narrative loop. Visitors, called “newcomers“, are free to do absolutely anything they wish. Many scenarios , created by the park management, are available to entertain visitors, who have paid a fortune to discover this limitless world. However, following an update of the Androids program, park managers will face several bugs in their behavior. Would the Hosts be conscious ?
Androïd consciousness ?
This series arouses in us questions about our future and about the artificial consciousness, which is, as a reminder, a superior stage to the artificial intelligence. Will we ever create androids with consciousness ? And it is especially important to know if this is dangerous for human beings. Only time will tell.
Not to reveal too much information, I let you discover Westworld, broadcast every Sunday on HBO and the following Mondays on OCS.
Thanks to the great success of the first season, HBO announced on Twitter the launch of season 2 for… 2018, let’s be patient !
And for those who didn’t really understand, images are often better than words.