We've come a long way from HAL, the machine in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey that rebels at the plan to disconnect him. The fear of machines in these films is rooted in the fear of them as a separated and uncontrollable force. They are not us. But now it seems that we are clearly transitioning into a new period in which machine and human mesh. The machine is us now. We mod and mash-up the real and the virtual. The challenge going forward is to balance the relationship. To understand and negotiate the layers of real and hyperreal. This is the new narrative that defines us.
An article in Time Magazine this week discusses this fusing of man and machine as seen in new releases like Iron Man and Speed Racer. "We live in an age of sophisticated machines. They do much of our work for us; we spend most of our playtime with them. So let's recognize our symbiosis with machines--and celebrate our mastery of them--in movies that couldn't be made without them." Read more