Since I am seeing plenty of posts about modular synths, lets not overlook the place all of it started. Wendy Carlos, Robert Moog. 1964
Warning: Spoilers for the season two premiere of Westworld comply with!
Who’s Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and what does he need? These are the questions which have plagued me because the first season of Westworld debuted on HBO. Now, with the second season having premiered, these questions solely turned extra pronounced. Each the viewers and the denizens of the present know virtually nothing in regards to the creator of Westworld. The one individuals alive that may have an inkling as to Ford’s motivations are Dolores (Evan Rachel Wooden) and William (Ed Harris). What little we do know is that this: Ford wasn’t the type of man to take a bit of one thing like homicide mendacity down. Actually, I’d guess a shiny dime he orchestrated his personal loss of life… as far a one thing like loss of life can have an effect on Robert Ford.
Earlier than the season two premiere, there were many people convinced that Ford had someway managed to outlive the slaughter of the DELOS board of administrators. Certain he took a bullet on to the pinnacle, however that may solely rely if the Ford that was shot was the true Ford. In a spot the place robots look indistinguishable from people, might you actually consider your mendacity eyes? The premiere appeared to clear up that sure, Ford had certainly been brutally (although maybe justifiably) murdered. Maggots within the wound of the decomposing corpse appeared to seal Ford’s destiny. However I’m nonetheless not so certain.
So what do we all know actually know in regards to the creator of Westworld? We all know Ford was obsessive about his creation. He took a minute curiosity in each side of the park. Every part funneled by Ford and he appeared to foster a close to omnipotence and an iron grip steering his metaphorical ship. And this was earlier than we knew he was answerable for not less than six separate parks, all operating concurrently. However how was this potential? Hopkins is in his 80s, so one might simply extrapolate Ford is of an analogous age. The place did he discover the vitality? The time? Probably the most logical clarification is staring us within the face: He made hosts of himself. In all probability dozens.
Within the trailer for season two, there’s a break up second the place we see a chilly storage unit crammed with Bernards (Jeffrey Wright) in varied levels of evolution. The “Beforehand On Westworld” reminder originally of the season two premiere made certain to as soon as once more give attention to the host Ford was constructing in secret beneath the recreation of his childhood house. Mix the 2, and it appears completely logical that Ford wouldn’t belief anybody however himself to run issues, thus outsourcing administration to a workforce of…himself.
This might clarify the godlike powers Ford has throughout the first season, essentially the most outstanding of which being when he took Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) to the brunch spot she visited as a toddler along with her dad and mom. With out verbal cues, Ford was capable of stop the motor capabilities of each host inside seen vary. We now know, from the season two premiere, that the hosts are all subconsciously linked by way of one thing known as the Host Mesh. If the Ford that took Theresa to brunch was a bunch physique, he might have simply accessed the Mesh to freeze and reactivate the hosts close by.
I say Ford’s “host physique” as a result of I’m not completely satisfied Ford isn’t only a metaphorical mind in a jar someplace. We’ve realized that the park hosts are networked collectively however the drone hosts performing mind surgical procedure and gathering blackmail on friends will not be. It stands to motive Ford might simply community collectively a bunch of clones of himself and hook them as much as his mind. The suggestions would give Ford Prime entry to all the things that occurred in his area with out him having to be there.
If Ford is certainly past such paltry issues as loss of life, this may additionally clarify why the robotic baby Ford (Oliver Bell) gave the impression to be glitching. Whereas congratulating William on lastly reaching a sport that was meant for him—discovering the Door to flee Westworld—the younger robotic constantly had Anthony Hopkins’ voice interspersed in his strains. It might have been an audio cue to remind the viewers that the boy was certainly a model of the park’s creator, or it might’ve been Ford’s ghost within the shell.
But when Ford continues to be alive, then how was his useless physique decaying within the scorching Westworld solar on the finish of “Journey into Night time”? We don’t know if the hosts decay, however I’d guess they do. They’re fabricated from principally natural matter at this level. It’s not like DELOS was going to go away costly merchandise out within the parts lengthy sufficient to rot. Putting decommissioned hosts into chilly storage might simply be to maintain them from decomposing.
So what do you all assume? Simply how Machiavellian is Ford? Do you assume he’s actually useless and gone or just biding his time within the bowels of Westworld? Is he nonetheless terraforming the island and guiding his creations to the promised land? Or have the creations actually overtaken their creator?
It has been a short time since we have now had a challenge from Kaytranada. He has been producing for others and dropping the odd remix, however there hasn’t been a big challenge from the 99.9% producer in a minute. That’s about to alter as he has introduced a brand new EP with Robert Glasper. The pair is …
He’s the one individual with no less than two of every of the 4 main awards.
The duo received the award for Greatest Authentic Track for “Bear in mind Me” from the film Coco.
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If THAT wasn&#zero39;t sufficient, he additionally made historical past by taking the least time to win all 4 awards — simply 10 years!
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His three Grammy Awards embrace Greatest Musical Theater Album (Ebook of Mormon), Greatest Compilation Soundtrack for Visible Media (Frozen), and Greatest Track Written for Visible Media (“Let It Go”).
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He received his first Tony for Greatest Authentic Rating for Avenue Q, and he acquired two Tonys for his work on Ebook of Mormon — Greatest Authentic Rating and Greatest Ebook of a Musical.
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US blogger Robert Scoble presents the Google Glass on April 24, 2013, on the NEXT Berlin convention in Berlin.
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On Sunday afternoon, Shel Israel — Robert Scoble's associate within the consulting firm Transformation Group — announced in a Facebook post that Scoble had resigned, efficient instantly, and could be canceling his public actions for the remainder of the yr. The resignation comes within the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations towards the tech evangelist.
Transformation Group was based in March by Scoble and Israel to assist manufacturers develop “blended actuality” (that’s, AR and VR) methods. The pair had beforehand collaborated on three books, most not too long ago 2016's The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Actuality and Synthetic Intelligence Change Every little thing.
In his submit, Israel wrote that Scoble is taking the remainder of the yr off to focus “on coping with his deep and troubling private points. He’s now going to conferences and he’ll begin seeing a psychiatrist as properly.” Scoble had beforehand been a fixture on the tech convention and talking circuit, showing in the last year at Collision, SXSW, and Evolve, amongst others.
Israel famous that “the revelations about Robert got here to me as a shock.” Although he conceded that he had seen Scoble “drunk and stoned,” Israel stated he had “by no means personally witnessed” his associate behaving inappropriately towards ladies. “If I did, I might have referred to as him on it,” Israel wrote. He famous that he plans to maintain operating the Transformation Group alone.
Scoble didn’t reply to a request for touch upon Israel's submit.
On Friday, TechCrunch reported that Scoble has allegedly harassed ladies after getting sober over the summer season. The identical day, Scoble posted an apology to his Fb web page, writing, “I'm deeply sorry to the folks I've triggered ache to. … The one factor I can do to essentially make a distinction now’s to show, by my future conduct, and my willingness to hear, study and alter, that I wish to develop into a part of the answer going ahead.”
Robert Scoble on the 'NEXT Berlin' convention in Berlin on on April 24, 2013
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Robert Scoble, the high-profile tech evangelist and blogger, and longtime fixture at trade occasions, has been accused by a second lady of groping. Michelle Greer, who labored with Scoble at Rackspace in 2009 and 2010, says Scoble groped her at a tech convention in 2010. The accusation comes on the identical day that the expertise journalist Quinn Norton accused Scoble of assaulting her within the early 2010s at Foo Camp, a hacker convention. Norton wrote, “After which, with none extra warning, Scoble was on me. I felt one hand on my breast and his arm reaching round and grabbing my butt.”
Scoble is an influential figure in tech. He began his Scobleizer weblog in 2000, and parlayed the weblog into profitable roles together with expertise evangelist at Microsoft, futurist at Rackspace, and most not too long ago, entrepreneur in residence at Add, a digital actuality startup that not too long ago settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with a former worker. He's a fixture at tech conferences, the place he provides talks with titles like “Past Cell.” He’s additionally written a number of books with a co-author, Shel Israel, together with 2016's The Fourth Transformation, about how sooner or later, we are going to exchange all the things we do on our telephones with shifting our eyes and even brainwaves.
Greer was a senior supervisor in company communications at Rackspace, the place certainly one of her duties was to provide content material for Scoble's now-defunct “Building 43” project, a social networking and content material neighborhood that largely targeted on startups. One night time in February 2010 when Greer was on the Startup Riot tech convention with Scoble in Atlanta, a couple of individuals from Rackspace ended up within the resort bar.
“I keep in mind seeing him with two drinks in his hand,” she informed BuzzFeed Information. “My boss sat subsequent to me, and Scoble sits throughout from me and begins touching my leg.” She stated that she informed the group she was drained and needed to go as much as her room. As soon as she acquired there, she known as her boyfriend and informed him what had occurred.
A pair days later, when the staff was again in San Francisco, Scoble's producer (who was current in the course of the incident) apologized to her. As she recalled, he informed her, “I'm so sorry, my staff won’t ever contact you once more.” However Scoble himself by no means apologized, and Greer determined to not go to HR with what had occurred.
When contacted by BuzzFeed Information through Fb Messenger on Thursday, Scoble stated, “What occurred with Michelle occurred with my boss,” in addition to “different girls within the room.” He declined to remark additional, saying solely that he can be doing a reside video at midnight Pacific.
After the incident, Greer nonetheless needed to work with Scoble. Their face-to-face interplay was restricted, since she was primarily based in Austin and he was in San Francisco, however nonetheless, Greer stated, “I used to be afraid of him,” and dreaded their occasional interactions at conferences and occasions. She determined to attempt to switch to a special staff at Rackspace, however throughout the subsequent few months, two totally different groups informed her they didn't have the top rely to place her on their groups. Within the meantime, her job efficiency was struggling. “I had mainly shut down,” she stated. “I used to be depressing.”
Sooner or later, she acquired known as into an workplace by her boss, who informed her he didn't suppose she could possibly be joyful on the firm, and let her go. (Greer's former boss didn’t return a cellphone name from BuzzFeed Information.) At her exit interview, she stated she informed HR all the things that had occurred. “You may inform they felt dangerous,” she stated. “They had been like, why didn't you come to us earlier than? I used to be like, it's Robert Scoble. If this will get out, he has the larger megaphone than I do. I could possibly be completely hosed.”
The timing, she stated, was horrible: “I had simply gotten a apartment. I had a mortgage.”
For Greer, one of the crucial galling issues about what occurred was watching Scoble proceed to behave like an advocate for ladies in tech on social media and elsewhere. “He'll share a whole lot of stuff about girls in tech. He tries to behave like an ally.” In July, she posted a touch upon Fb that stated “I’ve all the time labored with principally males. They know issues ought to change. If you happen to don't eliminate the dangerous actors although, nothing adjustments.” Scoble preferred her remark. “I responded, 'You're a foul actor. I can't let you know how terrible I felt after working with you. Watching you want this submit angered me.' He stated, 'Saying I’m sorry isn't sufficient to undo the hurt I’ve performed.'”
Years after the incident and her subsequent firing, Greer remains to be offended about how she was handled. “I’ve to clarify for the remainder of my life why I solely labored at Rackspace for 10 months. I want I had gone to HR when it occurred so I may have nipped it within the bud, and it wouldn't be this most cancers that simply unfold.”
To Greer, it appears as if she's been re-victimized yet again. “He apologizes after which he retains doing this crap,” she stated. “I misplaced my job. It traumatized me for all times.”