Class Notes 12/20/2018


  • This is the final day of classes.
  • This is also the last day of presentations.
  • People that are set to present are:
    • Justin
    • Phoenixx
    • Sajida
    • Mohammad

Justin’s Presentation: Genetic Memories 

  • Questions?
    • How can advanced tech help us to adapt to future psychological problems we face today?
    • And can we learn from our past ancestors?
  • Genetic Memories is a memory that is present at birth and that existence in the absence of sensory experience.
    • Sir Francis Galton’s did the first experiments work in 1865
    • The concept of genetic memories developed in 1921 and started experiments in the mid 1950s.
  • Examples used:
    • Assassin’s Creed
      • Animus: decode genetic memories of past ancestors.
    • Stargate SG-1
      • SYFY TV Show
        • Alien race known as Goa’uld.
        • Possesses the power to pass their knowledge through genetic memory.
  • Consequences
    • It is unethical
      • Changing a person’s DNA
  • Benefits
    • Resiliency to physiological problems like depression, anxiety, mental abuse.
    • Offspring can learn the history through their ancestors history.

Phoenixx’s Presentation: Into The Mind of Science Fiction Writers: How Sci-Fi Authors Use Architecture to Visualize Their World

  • Questions
    • How do science fiction authors use architecture to better illustrate the world they describe? Are words just enough?
  • Realism is a key to the artwork in science fiction works.
  • Use of similes and metaphors to jog the reader/viewer’s mind of things we do not know
  • Architecture helps build a scene to show emotion in a setting.
  • Realism in architecture serves as developmental tool for authors.
  • It also shows how technological advancements improve humanity.
  • Examples:
    • Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains”
  • Another use for architecture in Science Fiction, is t challenges the meaning of ‘what is home’
  • Sometimes an image can really put things into persepctive.

Sajida’s Presentation: Artifical Intelligence Use in the Army

  • She provided a breif overview of artifical intelligence, contrasting it to human intelligence.
  • The use of Artificial Intelligence can lead to hyperwar, which is more deadly than human war. Hyperwar involves machines.
  • Artificial intelligence shows no emotion whatsoever.
  • Artificial Intellgience in the army, can help improve decison making, less casualties.

Mohammad’s Presentation: Terraforming

  • Mohammad spoke about the history behind Terraforming.
    • Coined by Jack Williamson
    • The term appeared on the 1942 edition of Astounding Science Fiction
  • Definintion:
    • A process of making an environment safe for human life.
  • Example:
    • Rover on Mars collecting information that could possibly help them terraform Mars.
  • Importance:
    • Human population is increasing everyday.
    • By 2050, estimated around 9.9 billion humans.
  • Overpopulation’s effects on environment:
    • No clean water
    • plant and animal extinction
    • lower life exprectany
    • climate change increase
  • Is it possible?:
    • NASA say no because technology is not that advanced.
    • Elon Musk says otherwise

The class also discussed scenes from Westworld.

  • Reveraries: are a class of gestures that were initially thought to have been developed by Robert Ford.
    • Example: Clementine Pennyfeather
  • These gestures allows access to previous builds.
  • Shakespearean Quotes:
    • Much of shakespearean quotes was said by Peter Abernathy.
    • “These violent delights have violent ends”
  • We discussed about the park’s creation.
    • Only for the rich.
      • Ex: The Man In Black
  • Hosts are objects to the customers.
  • The implanting of memories into robots/androids is common in science fiction.
  • We discussed about the hosts realizing that there world is not real.
  • We discussed about the love connection between Dolores Abernathy and Teddy Flood.
  • We discussed about the scene with defective hosts.
    • Similiar to the film I, Robot.

One thought on “Class Notes 12/20/2018

  1. Jill Belli

    Thanks Vishal for the final class’s notes! Can you edit to categorize as “Class Notes”?

    It would have been great to have had more time to discuss Westworld (we did discuss a number of other points, such as the way the park is created for the enjoyment of the rich, the objectification of the hosts, the trope of implanting memories within robots/androids in science fiction, etc.). If anyone wants to continue the conversation in these comments, feel free to do so. Otherwise, happy winter break all 🙂


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