Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park -- which is looked after by robotic "hosts" -- allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park's guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged.
The use of the player piano throughout the series appears to reference Kurt Vonnegut's first novel (Player Piano) which describes a dystopian future in which almost every aspect of human life is automated. In his novel the protagonist rails against a life devoid of purpose or choice thanks to the ubiquity of machines. The reality outside the confines of Westworld has been alluded to as a similar world where the mundane daily tasks of life have been automated, and where there is no unemployment. However one of the guests complains that this has left a world where humans have "no agency". See more »
While the size of the park is never mentioned in the series, several characters are shown riding for hours (or days) on horseback and still remaining in the confines of the facility. This would seemingly make the park extended over several thousand square miles or larger.
At this size, this would make the park larger than at least two of the United States (Rhode Island and Delaware) and certainly far too large to monitor by the minimal staff shown, or in the manners that the series portrays it being. See more »
Pay attention, this series explores some very subtle story lines. I was extremely impressed when they introduced the bicameral mind concept when considering consciousness. That is one of the more important concepts when considering the origins of consciousness. I hope they explore this idea in greater detail and especially its implications related to physics. It is rare indeed to have a fictional work undertake such a complex topic without trivializing it. I definitely have to compliment the writers for undertaking such a complex topic and I hope they continue to explore the implications.
Again, IMDb thinks I should add additional lines to my review which is ridiculous. I have offered a clear and concise review and they want an arbitrary number of lines, what kind of idiot makes this a requirement?
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