Wired Interviews Will Smith on

daniel_yokomiso writes, Will Smith talks about his part on “I, Robot” and his own interests on technology. An interesting quote about the movie:

WIRED: Are science fiction fans going to like this adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s classic?
SMITH: This movie has a twist at the end that is the science fiction fan’s wet dream. Like in all Asimov’s stories, the robots do something that seems to go against one of the Three Laws of Robotics, and then you figure out: No, it fits into the logical paradigm of the laws. What I love about I, Robot is how the concept of “human logic” is almost an oxymoron.
Very interesting. Does anyone have a link to the original article?

13 replies on “Wired Interviews Will Smith on”

  1. Babbster says:

    Here’s The Link
    Wired’s Will Smith Interview

    There’s some mildly interesting material in that issue about robotics in general, though folks who keep up will probably find it old news. Here’s the link to Wired’s current issue online.

  2. daniel_yokomiso says:

    Worst. Post. Ever.
    Argh, not only I mispelled the subject line but I also forgot to paste the link.

    At least we can always depend on the kindness of strangers to correct our mistakes…

    • Babbster says:

      Re: Worst. Post. Ever.

      Argh, not only I mispelled the subject line but I also forgot to paste the link.

      At least we can always depend on the kindness of strangers to correct our mistakes…

      I’d hardly call myself a “stranger.” More of a B42 “mysterious, and annoying, friend.”

      Don’t sweat not linking. Had I submitted the story, I’d have omitted the link because I wouldn’t have thought they would have the current issue online and risk cannibalizing mag sales. Of course, they got my five bucks since I bought a copy this morning and read it while riding buses around town. :)

    • fiziko says:

      Re: Worst. Post. Ever.

      Argh, not only I mispelled the subject line but I also
      forgot to paste the link.

      I would have corrected both the first time, but I was
      checking the site quickly while at work. The typo is
      fixed now.

      Now, back to writing that Spider-Man 2 review…

  3. y42 says:

    Boycott still on

    Extra! Extra! Person paid to do promotion of movie denies
    crapiness of
    movie!

    That is not enough to counter the fact that they have
    trailers out of hordes of rampaging killbots and the words “Asimov”
    and “3 laws”. These things should not be anywhere near each other.

    “This movie has a twist at the end that is the science fiction
    fan’s wet dream.”

    Yeah, pull the other one, it has got bells on.
    They said the same thing
    about the Planet of The Apes remangling. I remember that “awsome twist” at
    the end: it was simply stupid.

    • GrimSean says:

      Re: Boycott still on

      Yeah, pull the other one, it has got bells on.
      They said the same thing
      about the Planet of The Apes remangling. I remember that “awsome twist” at
      the end: it was simply stupid.

      I just hope their idea of an “awesome twist” isn’t having Smith be a robot

      • mbourgon says:

        Re: Boycott still on

        I just hope their idea of an “awesome twist” isn’t having Smith be a robot

        Nope. I think I’ve figured it out. “Humanity”. They take over to save Humanity, as opposed to a human. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Insert Matrix joke here.

        (mumbling)Dark City…Dark City… let it not suck, Proyas

        • Babbster says:

          Re: Boycott still on
          Which, of course, is a concept Isaac Asimov addressed in his [much] later books, with R. (Robot) Giskard calling it “The Zeroth Law.” Possible “awesome twist” could be either human minds implanted in robots (sucks) or robots illegally created without the three laws (almost sucks worse because in Asimov’s books you just couldn’t do it because the three laws were fundamental to the design of the positronic brain).

          Like a lot of scifi fans, I won’t watch it (at all – video or theater) unless “the scifi community” steps up and says “We were wrong, the movie is great and Asimov would have enjoyed it.”

          • daniel_yokomiso says:

            Re: Boycott still on

            …robots illegally created without the three laws (almost sucks worse because in Asimov’s books you just couldn’t do it because the three laws were fundamental to the design of the positronic brain).

            IIRC you could build robots without (at least one of) the three laws. There was a story where a space-mining robot was causing some problems because they changed the order of the second and first law, so such expensive robots wouldn’t sacrifice themselves to protect human beings doing dangerous daily activities in space.

            • y42 says:

              Re: Boycott still on

              IIRC you could build robots without (at least one of) the three laws. There was
              a story where a space-mining robot was causing some problems because
              they changed the order of the second and first law,

              YDNRC (you do not remember correctly).

              It was a batch of robots with only half the first law. They could not harm a
              human, but they could stand idly by while a human was in danger. It was a
              batch meant for off-world use in a radioactive environment, the normal
              robots would run in and forcibly remove the humans from the radioactive
              zones, preventing any work from getting done.

              Does not allow for freakin’ rampaging killbots, however. ;-(

        • y42 says:

          Re: Boycott still on

          (mumbling)Dark City…Dark City… let it not suck, Proyas

          Planet of The Apes, Planet of The Apes, how could you Tim Burton? How?

          Its Hollywood, ph34r the suits: they will corrupt everything they touch…

  4. hitch says:

    hmmm….
    after reading the article, am I the only one who thinks perhaps that there might be something they’re not saying to make us THINK that they’re killer robots? we’ve seen hordes of robots. I’ve never seen hordes of robots KILLING anyone. I think maybe…I’ll be waiting to read the reviews….

    • hitch says:

      Re: hmmm….

      after reading the article, am I the only one who thinks perhaps that there might be something they’re not saying to make us THINK that they’re killer robots? we’ve seen hordes of robots. I’ve never seen hordes of robots KILLING anyone. I think maybe…I’ll be waiting to read the reviews….

      just watched a longer trailer over at apple.com. I take back what I said. Unless there’s some twist that I’m missing…I don’t see how this movie could POSSIBLY hold up to Asimov’s laws…

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