The Live Tweeting Experience – Deux

For the remainder of the semester, I have continued to interact with the futuristic and cyberpunk films that we have viewed in class via #bcm325. I’ve taken on board the feedback I received from the last post I made and attempted to interact more with my classmates and provide more informative discussion. I still am not a huge fan of this genre, however I have tried to increase engagement through more academic sources and opinions rather than memes like my last attempt of live tweets.

During week 8 we watched I, Robot (2004) and I used the live tweeting space to raise theories surrounding human obsolescence in the uprising automation of a capitalist society and what it could possibly mean if an A.I. entity could gain sentience. This was drawn from Asimov’s three rules of robotics, which were a heavily featured theme throughout I Robot (2004).

The next week we watched Robot and Frank (2012) in which focused on a companion robot for an increasingly senile father and notorious jewel thief, Frank. As the film progresses Frank realises that the robot has the capacity to help him commit crime as it cannot distinguish them morally from legal activities. I used the twitter space to raise points about A.I. currently being used as tools to assist dementia patients. Additionally, as the film progressed I pointed out some ethical conundrums if a robot was to commit a crime and what that could mean for the legal system we currently have instated.

Marjorie Prime (2017) follows a woman who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and her son gifts her with an A.I. hologram “Prime” system that takes the likeness of a loved one that you could relay memories into, and in this case that was Marjorie’s late husband, Walter. I used the Twittersphere to raise philosophical questions surrounding memory and what distinguishes humans from A.I. when they can absorb human traits and personality and exhibit them.

Bladerunner 2049 (2017) was quite long and I found it hard to follow even though I saw Bladerunner (1982) weeks ago, thus resulting in a little less informative tweeting and reverting back to humour and memes. However I did manage to find an interesting paper that drew similarities between Bladerunner 2049 (2017) and Hesiod’s Theology as it discusses the philosophy behind reproduction and death.

In our final week, we watched The Matrix (1999) and finally I was gifted with some queer content. WhichI took full advantage of for using the twitter space to “drink I love trans ppl juice” and provide information about trans issues and how The Matrix (1999) could be viewed as a metaphor of how transgender and gender non-conforming people use virtual spaces to present as their gender. I also provided a paper that discusses the link between Plato, Descartes’, and The Matrix (1999):

I felt that this time round I tried to include more academic and other reputable sources to bring informative tweets in order to start more conversations and ethical debates with my cohort. Which was effective in some cases, but I still feel as if the engagement portion of my twitter output was still a little lower than what was expected of me and of what I would have liked. Overall the experience has been enjoyable and the Twittersphere is definitely a space where I see and interact with my peers’ differing points of view.

One comment

  1. taanihendriks · June 1

    Reblogged this on Future Cultures.


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