Thursday, April 29, 2004

God, Send a Realistic Tech Flick

A take on the science and apparent propaganda of Godsend.In movies, anyone who dares to use a newfangled technology to ‘play God’ almost always opens the ‘gates of hell.’ Bad things emerge: Computers take on evil personalities, wars get started, secret matrixes are developed.” The logic of the article is dubious—how much of your opinions on science are taken from movies?—and the pro-cloning bias of the author is blatant, but the questions raised are interesting. Compare also the themes of Gattaca—Is Hollywood really being conservative in the arena of bioethics, of all places? Isn’t raising questions about the unintended consequences of a technology a traditional prerogative of fiction—particularly science fiction? How far can you question before you achieve mere propaganda? (Kristin Philipkoski, Wired News, 29 April 2004)

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