AUSTIN, Texas—”We can’t just come to SXSW with Westworld,” pronounced Jonah Nolan, co-creator of the hit HBO show, in the last 10 mins of the expel and crew’s South by Southwest discussion keynote. “So we have a little something at the finish to leave you with a bit of optimism; Westworld isn’t a terribly confident show unless you’re a robot.”
Nolan, co-creator Lisa Joy, and the categorical cast, including leads Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores) and Thandie Newton (Mae), had just spent the better partial of an hour hyping the show’s arriving second season. There was sneak-peek footage shown that Nolan (unsuccessfully it turns out) pleaded to stay within the room and celebrations of a show that grapples with modern-day themes of womanlike empowerment or the dangers of AI. But then, a moment foreshadowed in a Friday night twitter finally came to fruition.
“As a kid, we spent an diseased volume of time meditative about spaceflight,” Nolan began. “I watched Super 8 cinema of the Saturn launch, and that seems to have left divided a little bit. I’m ardent about it, but it was the grandparents who went to the moon and we haven’t left back in the lifetime.
“But a while back, we had a splash with a friend,” he continued. “We were articulate about how to enthuse people again. One of the pleasing things about spaceflight is, it’s all of us operative together. They go nowhere unless thousands of people work together. So what we came up with was a red sports automobile and a David Bowie song…”
The event had been electric up to this point: new footage, good chaff from beloved cast-mates like James Marsden (Teddy) and Jeffrey Wright (Bernard), Nolan even revelation they have a player piano defying the laws of the Old West. “We knew we wanted an icon, an picture we came back to again and again every show,” he said. “We stumbled onto it with the player piano—here’s the strange robot. Though they didn’t have electrified pianos back in the West, they had pedals, and someone would have to siphon it, presumably in sell for bourbon.”
The expel also described how Westworld changed their attribute to record and what recommendation they’d give today’s AI developers (“We’re all available that origin moment when AI would turn smarter than us—we suspicion it would have to be a super comprehension to blow us up,” Nolan said. “That’s not the case. You don’t need a smart AI to manipulate Twitter or Facebook. We’re about to enter this very sleazy moment where the energetic between tech and humans may be about to change.”) And Newton even gave an ardent and unpretentious debate about the need for involvement and assist in the Congo, as illegal exports of materials compulsory for record like smartphones and gaming consoles has enabled aroused company (see vday.org for more).
But at that singular moment late in the session, the biggest station acclaim of the day ensued. Elon Musk came out from backstage to hail the Westworld expel and welcome his friends Jonah and Lisa. The SpaceX CEO took the mic to quickly simulate on his company’s ancestral moment just one month ago.
“There are a lot of things in this universe that can get you down, but life can’t be about elucidate one miserable problem after another,” Musk said. “There has to be things that enthuse you, to make you arise up in the morning and be unapproachable of humanity. That’s because we did this. There’s a guy, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who said, ‘The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but humankind can't stay in the cradle forever.’ It’s time to turn a starboard civilization and enhance the consciousness. we find that impossibly exciting, and I’m vehement to be alive.”
And with those words, Musk incited the mic back over to his crony Nolan. The executive had been at launchpad 39A that day, examination among SpaceX workers and supporters as the Falcon Heavy surpassed even Musk’s confident expectations. Nolan attended as no small observer, either—he did what he knows how to do. He filmed something that would hopefully enthuse the masses.
“There was implausible suggestion there that day, something we hadn’t felt in an extremely prolonged time,” Nolan pronounced as he introduced the video embedded above. “So we tried to capture that essence—to record it and widespread it. And the only way we know how to share that feeling is with a trailer. It’s not for TV or a movie, it’s for the next partial of the human story.”
Listing picture by Nathan Mattise