Today is my little bro’s bday. Happy birthday, Stanley!
We had celebrated by throwing a surprise luncheon at the company he works at Electronic Arts. His girlfriend, Genevieve, and co-worker, Seth, did most of the setup. I helped carry in the food (while stomach growling) but it was pretty cool having the party be in the EA sportsbar (it’s the place to accomodate all the sports stars when they’re negotiating their game deals, I guess). I really enjoy the working environment at EA. It’s just quite awe inspiring seeing all the little models, conceptual drawings, and art resources (books, dvds, etc.) surrounding everyone’s work area to massage the ideas out of their heads. Sometimes, work can be all play. Check out my brother’s work at MechanicalDemon.com
Today is also the 3 year anniversary of the photo shoot I did for the Asian American Eves of asian-america.com. So, I turn your attention to my online b-pulp eNovel entitled The Asian American Eves. For more info, please visit asianamericaneves.com. Why am I taking so long to write it? I don’t know. It’s like me asking why do a lot of you hold in the urge to poopoo until you get home? Same concept. But, yeah, it’s mostly done. For better or worst, I’m proud of it so far. I’m writing it the way I wanted my imagination and ideas to affect the readers. And, I wanna watch how it affects them… happy bday Asian American Eves!
I had watched I, Robot yesterday… unfortunately. Other than the 3 Laws of Robotics, this movie had nothing to do with Asimov’s classic. Overacting by Will Smith (again), frustrating dialogue that doesn’t advance the plot, and robots doing Matrix-style action scenes, makes the film entertaining for all the wrong reasons. And my biggest pet peeve with this movie, as do a lot of other robot movies, is that it dodges the concept of artificial intelligence. You’re bound to have a plot-line in these movies about how robots become more intelligent and more …human”. Based on how robots are created/programmed in reality, they can not have human qualities such as emotions and feelings. They can emulate them, but not feel them. Robots (like your car and microwave oven) are programmed objects – coded sequences (also created by humans) – who only do what their creators created them to do. They can’t feel compassion or hatred, they can’t tell right from wrong. Only humans can tell them to kill, cook your food, or drive you to your destination. And if they malfunction, it is due to human error in the programming. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not saying some time into the future, robots may become thinking and feeling objects. But, until we understand what makes us feel and think, we are unable to integrate that concept into current technology. Especially not by 2035 as the time I, Robot takes place. Although, it chills me to think that babies born this year will be my age by the time they grow up to the film’s date. Anyways, supposedly, before he had passed on, Asimov had written a screenplay (with Harlan Ellison) based on his book. I’m curious how that would of turned out…