Re: [-empyre-] Re: trends in airport novels

On Mon, 25 Mar 2002, Melinda Rackham wrote:

> i was reminded of this a few nights  ago when i happened to see "Electric
> Dreams" from 1984, produced by richrad branson, staring 3d video graphics, a
> Fairlight, and dedicated to univac1.  the computer becomes an fully fledgd
> AI within a few hours of being activated and takes
> over the main characters love life,theres big frizzy curly hair, bad
> frocks.... anyway the story isnt important ,
> but really interrestingly the hard edged, low res, 3d strobing video
> (computer) graphics arent that dissimilar from what i see reproduced now as
> seems like nothings changed in the last 20 years at all.

It's funny how technological aesthetics can be shaped as much by nostalgia
as by new concepts.  I have to admit to being a sucker for the future
retro feeling.  In some ways I like the way I can see where we came from
but at times it feels like I'm copping out and avoiding risk by
raiding old memories.


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