Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Man vs Machine: Initial Ideas Before Workshop

Man vs Machine

End Sentence
"His knees steadied, his heart beat fiercely, and he began to run again."


The conflict which was given to us for our narrative project is 'Man vs Machine', it provides us with a range of ideas to explore. In modern day 'Man vs Machine' has become very popular in TV and film, this therefore could limit us in ideas as we do not wish to recreate the same story in our own way. A common trope within this conflict is that often Man wins and the Machine usually ends crumpled in the finale.

 “The real risk with AI isn't malice but competence,” Professor Hawking said. “A super intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren't aligned with ours, we're in trouble."
Stephen Hawking's warnings against artificial intelligence. 

Research within TV and Film

  • Ex_Machina and A.I. are two films that explore the idea of machine out-living man, becoming independent to the point where they think themselves as beings of their own. 

  • 'The Six Million Dollar Man' and 'Robocop' are two separate examples that have the idea that by fusing a host with advanced cybernetics it allows them to achieve things which may have been unachievable for them beforehand.

Both of the possible routes for this narrative are interesting and can be further explored.

The end sentence which was given to us fits well with out conflict, with our end sentence there can be many routes to take to reach that final end point. The way this story could go may be very interesting as the idea of Man vs Machine may be different to what we first perceived.

Possible ideas

  • A prosthesis attached to a living host that enables them to move or perform beyond what was anticipated.
  • A machine that is oppressed by man and is put beneath them, but once man disappears they can become independent and perform something.
  • A machine that ironically creates a man, an idea that comes from the origins of frankenstein.

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