TRANSCENDENCE–Fiction [review…ish]

Transcendence - Cast

Caught a screening of TRANSCENDENCE with a friend tonight and we both thought it was good. I avoid movie reviews and critics until after I’ve seen a thing, and I’m surprised by how many people don’t like it. The dialogue is nothing scientific and didn’t really engage my curiosity, but it moves the story along. And unbeknownst to most of the critics, the [Spoiler Alert] nano-water could be loosely based on the hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario called “Grey Goo.” Grey Goo was originally described by mathematician John von Neumann (1903~1957) but given its name by molecular nanotechnology pioneer Eric Drexler in his 1986 book Engines of Creation. 


TRANSCENDENCE aside; Grey Goo is the idea that a self-replicating nano-machine could duplicate itself non-stop, multiplying exponentially in mass as they consume all of Earth’s resources, thus giving it the appearance of grey goo — An expanding mass of uncontrollable nano-machines! Think, Benderama:


Those things on STARGATE and the Borg would also suffice. TRANSCENDENCE may be seen by some to be a farfetched Hollywood flop, but I suspect it will stand the test of time the closer we get to nanotechnology and quantum computing. Indeed, “People fear what they don’t understand” — Or just heavily dislike. I’m sure there’s a lot that had to be toned down in order for this film just to get made, but nevertheless, there are some neat ideas explored here; it’s just a matter of time before real-life emerging technologies ascertain the probability of TRANSCENDENCE. Great work Wally Pfister. My friend noticed a few sub-textual biblical references as well which would be interesting to discuss. Some other time perhaps. I’m parched.

~ by Fionnlagh on May 2, 2014.

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