The only ones who survived, were those who hadn't yet reached puberty. The five are: Chuck Taggart - a charismatic authoritative and stoic mission commander and former ace pilot, Kurt Mendel - a likable pompous horny quip-prone British science author and NASA's special celebrity guest on the flight who actually does know a lot about science and can be brave and cunning despite claiming otherwise, Neil Taggart - Chuck's young adult son and genuine computer expert, Sarah Forbes - a popular news anchor and TV reporter who's there to make an exclusive piece about the mission, and Angela Perry - Chuck's experienced co-pilot who's father is a powerful senator.
Everything is going fine until the Earth is suddenly caught on fire and then implodes for no apparent reason. This horrifying mysterious event damages the crew's shuttle, which leads to the death of the technician and also leaves Angela badly hurt and I enjoyed Odyssey 5 a lot. It's not great sci-fi, but it's good. And while the premise isn't absolutely original, it has a lot of original aspects.
The acting is pretty good and the stories were generally pretty well thought out though there are a few that aren't excellent. Showtime really needs to replace whoever keeps getting rid of their good sci-fi shows. They had Stargate and they dumped it. What were they thinking? In its 10th season, it will be the second longest running sci-fi series in history after Dr. Who, which ran for 26 straight seasons.
I suspect that Odyssey 5 would have found it's groove by the second season, maybe the 3rd.
The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation wasn't so good because the actors hadn't really found their groove yet. The Odyssey 5 actors had a much better head start in that aspect. I'm really disappointed with Showtime for killing this and now that it's been 4 years, I suspect it won't come back at all, which is a shame.
It would have been nice if the Sci-Fi Channel had picked it up and taken it over. They clearly know how to make good sci-fi and I think they could have done a lot with this one. Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
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A vast conspiracy stands in their way. Creator: Manny Coto. Top-Rated Episodes S1. Should we build it? And how would the world react to the news that we are not alone? New characters were added, like a cliched Native American ranger-turned-astronaut. Sagan, big surprise, disagreed. It delves into every type of science and unites them all. Despite his efforts to hold on to the project, it stayed at Warner Bros. And the first thing I did was to bring Carl and Annie back in. But not all systems were go. One version had aliens parking in orbit around Earth and putting on a giant laser show for all mankind.
Another had an alien wormhole swallow up the planet, transporting it to the center of the galaxy. Preproduction crept along for more than a year. So they fired him. The Skywalker Ranch, about an hour outside San Francisco, is testament to what a few trillion Star Wars action figures can buy. Equipped with lavish guest lodgings continental breakfast included , a barnyard menagerie horses, cattle, potbellied pigs , and its own vineyard Chateau Wookiee, anyone? To quote Carl Sagan, the mathematical probability that I would ever make a movie like Gump again is pretty nil.
When studio execs reapproached Zemeckis, they promised to let him end the film the way he wanted. The director prodded Goldenberg to fashion a more ambiguous, enigmatic conclusion with a did-it-ever-happen X-Files edge. Zemeckis also signed McConaughey for the male lead Miller had approached Ralph Fiennes, but a deal was never sealed.
Foster, meanwhile, tried not to panic. Brilliant story. I became obsessed with it. But the point is that there may be no way in anything less than an infinite time to answer the halting problem of whether it can in fact die out. And of course we know that bugs are not just a theoretical problem; they exist in all large-scale practical software.
But maybe, one might think, HAL could at least be given some overall directives—like be nice to humans, or other potential principles of AI ethics. It lets HAL show creativity and take initiative. The basic theoretical underpinnings to know this already existed in the s or even earlier. But it took experience with actual complex computer systems in the s and s for intuition about bugs to develop. And it took my explorations of the computational universe in the s and s to make it clear how ubiquitous the phenomenon of computational irreducibility actually is, and how much it affects basically any sufficiently broad specification.
So how did they do it? But so where did the notion of having an intelligent computer come from? I think it was just an idea that was very much in the air at the time. Marvin claims to have suggested the configuration of arms that was used for the pods on the Jupiter spacecraft. But what about the details of HAL? Where did those come from?
The answer is that they came from IBM. IBM—as now—was always working on advanced concepts that they could demo. They worked on voice recognition. They worked on image recognition.
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They worked on computer chess. And of course HAL was physically big—like a mainframe computer actually even big enough that a person could go inside the computer. Back then, IBM always strenuously avoided ever saying that computers could themselves be smart; they just emphasized that computers would do what people told them to. Somewhat ironically, the internal slogan that IBM used for its employees was "Think. The producer writes back, talking about IBM as "the technical advisor for the computer," and saying that IBM will be OK so long as they are "not associated with the equipment failure by name.
Clarke always claimed this was a coincidence, and it probably was. Like some other companies, IBM was fond of naming its products with numbers. But, rather curiously, there was not a single one starting with 9: there was no IBM series. And I suspect that was due to HAL. He then added "It is important that important people understand what a computer is and what it can do. So what does this tell us about predictions we might make today?
In my observation things break into three basic categories.
Second, there are surprises that basically nobody expects, though sometimes in retrospect they may seem somewhat obvious. Something people have talked about for ages, that surely will eventually happen, is routine space travel. But actually it probably could have, if it had been considered a sufficient priority. Yes, space has always been more broadly popular than, say, ocean exploration. Will it ever happen? But will it take 5 years or 50? People have been talking about space travel for well over a hundred years. A more mundane example of what one might call inexorable technology development is videophones.
Once one had phones and one had television, it was sort of inevitable that eventually one would have videophones. And, yes, there were prototypes in the s. But it was basically inevitable that it eventually would. In science fiction, basically ever since radio was invented, it was common to imagine that in the future everyone would be able to communicate through radio instantly. And, yes, it took the better part of a century. But eventually we got cellphones. And in time we got smartphones that could serve as magic maps, and magic mirrors, and much more.
I remember back in the s trying out early VR systems. But back then, they never really caught on. But something like that surely will.
Though exactly when is not clear. There are endless examples one can cite. People have been talking about self-driving cars since at least the s. And eventually they will exist. People have talked about flying cars for even longer.
Maybe modern drones will solve the problem. But again, eventually there will be flying cars. Similarly, there will eventually be robotics everywhere. In other words, instead of relying on the structure of physical devices, one builds up capabilities using computation. What is the end point of this? To me, this seems like an inevitable outcome. But whether these kinds of things will be considered worth doing is not so clear. Bringing back dinosaurs? Perhaps one of the oldest science fiction ideas ever is immortality. And, yes, human lifespans have been increasing. But will there come a point where humans can for practical purposes be immortal?
I am quite certain that there will. Quite whether the path will be primarily biological, or primarily digital, or some combination involving molecular-scale technology, I do not know. But I consider it a certainty that eventually the old idea of human immortality will become a reality. And even given such a theory, computational irreducibility means it can be arbitrarily hard to work out the consequence for some particular issue.
For example, it perfectly well could be possible to scan an object at an atomic scale, and then reinterpret it, and build up using molecular-scale construction at least a very good approximation to it that happens to be much smaller. What about faster-than-light travel? Or conceivably one will be able to use quantum mechanics to effectively achieve it. But these kinds of solutions assume that what one cares about are things happening directly in our physical universe. And, yes, at the level of the underlying hardware maybe there will be restrictions based on the speed of light.
And, yes, in a setup like this, one can also imagine another science fiction favorite: time travel notwithstanding its many philosophical issues. OK, so what about surprises? Computers are far more ubiquitous than almost anyone expected.
Often in retrospect one imagines that such changes of thinking just occur—say in the mind of one particular person—out of the blue. The first part of the movie shows an alien artifact—a black monolith—that appears in the world of our ape ancestors, and starts the process that leads to modern civilization. Maybe the monolith is supposed to communicate critical ideas to the apes by some kind of telepathic transmission.
But I like to have another interpretation. No ape 4 million years ago had ever seen a perfect black monolith, with a precise geometrical shape. But as soon as they saw one, they could tell that something they had never imagined was possible. And the result was that their worldview was forever changed. But lichens or microorganisms seemed, if anything, more likely than not.
But in general people seemed neither particularly excited, or particularly concerned, about this prospect. But at least in the world as it is today, we have a pretty good heuristic: things that look geometrically simpler with straight edges, circles, etc. A little later in the movie, another black monolith is discovered on the Moon.
The magnetic anomaly could have been natural "a magnetic rock," as one of the characters says.