Neill Blomkamp – Transhumanism, spirituality, and reflections on intelligence

An interesting article based around an interview with filmmaker Neill Blomkamp - District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015) - on how his new film(s) based around the character of ADAM focuses on "[t]ranshumanism, spirituality, the idea of artificial intelligence, machine intelligence and human intelligence. The idea of the rise and fall of civilisations."... Continue Reading →

Weekend Short: Kid’s Story (The Animatrix)

Title: Kid's Story Release date: June 3, 2003 Director: Shinichiro Watanabe Producer: Stephan Zlotescu Writer: Andy Wachowski, Lana (Larry) Wachowski Starring: Clayton Watson, Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss Production company: Studio 4°C Today's posting is part of the collection of Matrix-related short films that comprise The Animatrix. I'll write more on The Animatrix later, and in... Continue Reading →

Automata (2014)

Title: Automata Release date: 20 September, 2014 Director: Gabe Ibáñez Producer: Danny Lerner; Les Weldon; Antonio Banderas; Sandra Hermida Writer: Gabe Ibáñez; Igor Legaretta Gomez; Javier Sanchez Donate Starring: Antonio Banderas; Birgitte Hjort Sørensen; Dylan McDermott; Robert Forster; Tim McInnerny; Melanie Griffith Production company: Ultravi Productions Running time: 110 minutes Automata is a film set... Continue Reading →

I, Robot (2004)

Title: I, Robot Release date: July 15, 2004 Director: Alex Proyas Producer: Laurence Mark; John Davis; Topher Dow; Wyck Godfrey Writer: Jeff Vintar (based on Isaac Asimov's book of the same name) Starring: Will Smith; Bridget Moynahan; Bruce Greenwood; James Cromwell; Chi McBride; Alan Tudyk Production company: Davis Entertainment; Laurence Mark Productions; Overbrook Films Running... Continue Reading →

The Machine (2013)

Title: The Machine Release date: April 20, 2013 Director: Caradog W. James Producer: John Giwa-Amu Writer: Caradog W. James Starring: Caity Lotz; Sam Hazeldine; Toby Stephens; Pooneh Hajimohammadi; Denis Lawson Production company: Red & Black Films Running time: 91 minutes The Machine is a relatively low budget film set in a near future where the UK... Continue Reading →

Getting started…

Over the next few months I'm going to be watching a heap of films and television series connected with transhumanist (and posthuman) themes and values with a particular focus on religious, spiritual and philosophical ideas and concepts present in them. Some of these texts will be driven by an overt transhumanist agenda, others as thought... Continue Reading →

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