Cyberpunk Challenge: History with a Ghost

“It can also be argued that DNA is nothing more than a program designed to preserve itself. Life has become more complex in the overwhelming sea of information. And life, when organized into species, relies upon genes to be its memory system. So, man is an individual only because of his intangible memory… and memory cannot be defined, but it defines mankind. The advent of computers, and the subsequent accumulation of incalculable data has given rise to a new system of memory and thought parallel to your own. Humanity has underestimated the consequences of computerization.”

My first real introduction to the cyberpunk world was Ghost in the Shell. Well it was a mix of Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. I was a little to young at the time to fully understand what Blade Runner was. I just knew I liked it lol. It wasn’t till the 90’s when I really started getting into the cyberpunk world. With movies like Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Wicked City, Hackers and not to mention Shadowrun roll playing game(think D&D with computers and techno).

Ghost in the Shell was one that really got my attention and the story line was fantastic. I first saw the movie and then read the manga. I’ve always been draw to the idea of having computers and or technology worked into the human system. What I also like about the series is that it touches on ethics side of things. Forced evolution, where do we draw the line, where do stop being ourselves? Or is it an improvement on who we are or as a human society over all?

I know there is an American philosopher named Daniel Clement Dennett III. His research centered around philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. GITS(Ghost in the Shell) movie and manga both touch on many topics and ideals that Daniel has brought up time and time again over his history. Here are some quotes:

In a New Yorker bit, Daniel states/believes that the consciouness is:

“Something like the product of multiple, layered computer programs running on the hardware of the brain.”

“I’ve been arguing for years that, yes, in principle it’s possible for human consciousness to be realized in a machine. After all, that’s what we are,” he says. “We’re robots made of robots made of robots. We’re incredibly complex, trillions of moving parts. But they’re all non-miraculous robotic parts.”

“If the concept of consciousness were to fall to science, what would happen to our sense of moral agency and free will? If conscious experience were reduced somehow to mere matter in motion, what would happen to our appreciation of love and pain and dreams and joy? If conscious human beings were just animated material objects, how could anything we do to them be right or wrong?”

“If the best the roboticists can hope for is the creation of some crude, cheesy, second-rate, artificial consciousness, they still win.”

Lot of his work fits rather well into the cyberpunk world and if you ever get the chance to find Daniel’s work. I would recommend it. Cyberpunk as a whole is a vary dark and gritty theme. Normally set in a dystopia world or city or divided between two to three different classes of people. because of this theme, personally I think you get some of the best characters out there in any story. You can make them into anything you want at anytime. Look at the story of Matrix and the ability to change anything you want within the computer program. In GITS has much of the same story line, but it’s more of AI changing out bodies or being about to preserve their consciousness into a database server/hard drive . Cyberspace is it’s own things with no real set of rules.

“In the near future: Corporate networks reach out to the stars, electrons and light flow throughout the universe. – The advance of computerisation, however, has not yet wiped out nations and ethnic groups.”

I have a feeling that this challenge is going to be rather different from the ones before. I really no timeline for this to end or a ending in mind. I know I’ll be posting at least once a week, having said that I could be posting multiple topics within that said week. Also I think this going to be rather ethic/thought heavy at times. While yes some stories are just action filled and not as dramatic. There are a number of the stories that are HEAVY on the “who are we?”, “Why are we here?”,”Am I real or just a program?” topics. Aside from there themes, one main theme through out cyberpunk is the life style. The music, art, clothing, how the human body looks. But I’ll get into that at a later date.

Ghost in the Shell was written Masamune Shirow and was first serialized in Kodansha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Magazine from 1989 to 1990. It was later published in one tankōbon volume. Story setting was in mid-21st-century and tells the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9. led by Major Motoko Kusanagi. Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface, which follows the story of Motoko after merging with the Puppeteer. The last volume, Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor, contains four separate cases.

These books contain Shirow’s thoughts on design and philosophy, sociological issues and the consequences of technological advances. A lot of focus on themes on the nature of consciousness and identity. Several artbooks have been released to detail the concept art and the world of Ghost in the Shell.

Setting for the manga:

In this cyberpunk iteration of a possible future, computer technology has advanced to the point that many members of the public possess cyberbrains, technology that allows them to interface their biological brain with various networks. The level of cyberization varies from simple minimal interfaces to almost complete replacement of the brain with cybernetic parts, in cases of severe trauma. This can also be combined with various levels of prostheses, with a fully prosthetic body enabling a person to become a cyborg. The heroine of Ghost in the Shell, Major Motoko Kusanagi, is such a cyborg, having had a terrible accident befall her as a child that ultimately required that she use a full-body prosthesis to house her cyberbrain. This high level of cyberization, however, opens the brain up to attacks from highly skilled hackers, with the most dangerous being those who will hack a person to bend to their whims.

The Manga is a hit or a miss for most people. There seems to be no middle grown there. Lot of people seem to get lost in the story or become confused with the line of illustrations. Personally I love the manga novels and the rich story plot. But having said that I can see why some people would be come lost, specially if they aren’t use to the cyberpunk world. now the movies and TV shows, I feel do a much better job at getting to the meat of the story for everyone.

Setting for the Movie is rather much the same as the manga:

In 2029 Japan, Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg public-security agent, who hunts a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master. The narrative incorporates philosophical themes that focus on self-identity in a technologically advanced world. The music, composed by Kenji Kawai, includes elements of an ancient Japanese language.

The movie was directed by Mamoru Oshii and written by Shirow Masamune (based on the manga by) (as Masamune Shirow), Kazunori Itô (screenplay). In an interview Mamoru Oshii stated, “My intuition told me that this story about a futuristic world carried an immediate message for our present world. I am also interested in computers through my own personal experience with them. I had the same feeling about Patlabor and I thought it would be interesting to make a film that took place in the near future. There are only a few movies, even out of Hollywood, which clearly portray the influence and power of computers. I thought this theme would be more effectively conveyed through animation.” He also continued these thoughts in a later interview, noting that technology changes people and had become a part of the culture of Japan.

The TV shows and movies are something that I hold close. Personally I feel this is cyberpunk in it’s purest form of the word. Now there is a number of different stories released within the shows and movies and sadly some of them are out of order. So after digging around the interwebs, I found one of the most accurate lay outs on Reddit.

Now there is a new GITS show on Netflix called Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. This story line follows the events of SAC: Sold State Society (2034). The plot of this show is set in the year 2045, after an economic disaster known as the Simultaneous Global Default which destroyed the value of all forms of paper and electronic currency, the “Big 4” nations of the world are engaged in a state of never-ending “Sustainable War” to keep the economy going. In this world, Motoko, Batou, and other members of Public Security Section 9 have contracted themselves out as mercenaries under the group “GHOST,” using their cybernetic enhancements and battle experience to earn a living while defusing hot-spots across the globe. However, the emergence of “Post Humans” and a conspiracy uncovered by former Chief Aramaki force Section 9 to reunite.

I just started watching this show and so far I like it. There is a lot of tones of Orwell’s 1984 within the show. I know some people didn’t care for the entry of this show and called it weak. But over all I enjoy it, I do wish they went with an illustrated look. Rather than a CGI tone, it is a little off putting at times. So there you have it for today… I’m sure I’ll be posting about Ghost in the Shell again later on haha.

Sources:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113568/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamoru_Oshii

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_in_the_Shell_(1995_film), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_in_the_Shell_(manga)

https://ghostintheshell.fandom.com/wiki/Ghost_in_the_Shell_(manga)

https://kodanshacomics.com/series/ghost-in-the-shell/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dennett, https://www.azquotes.com/author/3873-Daniel_Dennett/tag/consciousness, https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/12/daniel-dennett-politics-bacteria-bach-back-dawkins-trump-interview

LOOTCRATE!!! TIME!!! *Spoilers*

So after taken a few months away from any form of Loot (plus I got burned out on all the shipping issues I was having with a certain company). I went out and got this months LootCrate! This month was Robotic theme and it was amazing :). We have Aliens, Star Wars, Star Trek (I know!! I the same box!!), Blade Runner!! Now that is just the core crate, the DX has far more Loot inside.

Also with the…

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LOOTCRATE!!! TIME!!! *Spoilers*

So after taken a few months away from any form of Loot (plus I got burned out on all the shipping issues I was having with a certain company). I went out and got this months LootCrate! This month was Robotic theme and it was amazing :). We have Aliens, Star Wars, Star Trek (I know!! I the same box!!), Blade Runner!! Now that is just the core crate, the DX has far more Loot inside.

Also with the…

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LOOTCRATE!!! TIME!!! *Spoilers*

So after taken a few months away from any form of Loot (plus I got burned out on all the shipping issues I was having with a certain company). I went out and got this months LootCrate! This month was Robotic theme and it was amazing :). We have Aliens, Star Wars, Star Trek (I know!! I the same box!!), Blade Runner!! Now that is just the core crate, the DX has far more Loot inside.

Also with the Loot pin I got 3 free digital issues to Servo Magazine, as well as a free Ghost in the Shell comic. Star Trek was also a Loot Crate exclusive comic titled Mirror Broken: Origin of Data. Read and wrote a little something about it and as always the link is at the end of this post.. The Ghost in the Shell comic was interesting… I was worried at first because the cover looked like some 10 years old did it was a MS Paint. But to my surprise the art was great and story plot followed the TV show.

Queen take Bishop :(!! Love this little figure from Aliens, sadly it’s the beginning of the slow death of one of my favorite characters. Still a great collectible, a bitch to put together tho. Not everything was cut right. Blade Runner was a t-shirt with the Wallace company logo on it!! Beyond happy with this one, the only problem I had was the print was stuck together and messed up the logo a little bit. But not to bad, it kinda gave it a vintage look anyways. UPSIDE!! The Loot box makes me laugh. Every LootCrate box can be turn into something else and/or re gifted to someone else. This month was a mock cereal box hahaha, called “Cog Crispies, For Silicon-Based Constructs”. Now for Star Wars!! We have a build your own R2-D2 figure that is made out of wood. I’ll have to post some pictures of R2 once I’m done building it. So that is this months crate!! Hope you enjoyed the spoilers!!LINKS:

Star Trek TNG: Mirror Broken: Origin Of Data ( LootCrate Exclusive)
www.lootcrate.com

An ADD Post…. Stargate-trek & A Ghost In The Garden.. OOO Shiny Red Ball!!

An ADD Post…. Stargate-trek & A Ghost In The Garden.. OOO Shiny Red Ball!!

Had an interview on Friday for a new job for a new restaurant that is opening up with a new convention center, that is all part of the hospital & college in my area(went really well & from the sounds of it. I have the job, I’ll find out in a week’s time.). Then I have two more interviews on Monday! Doing tech support and a “Remote Services Technician- Client Services Remote Services Technician”,…

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An ADD Post…. Stargate-trek & A Ghost In The Garden.. OOO Shiny Red Ball!!

An ADD Post…. Stargate-trek & A Ghost In The Garden.. OOO Shiny Red Ball!!

Had an interview on Friday for a new job for a new restaurant that is opening up with a new convention center, that is all part of the hospital & college in my area(went really well & from the sounds of it. I have the job, I’ll find out in a week’s time.). Then I have two more interviews on Monday! Doing tech support and a “Remote Services Technician- Client Services Remote Services Technician”,…

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An ADD Post…. Stargate-trek & A Ghost In The Garden.. OOO Shiny Red Ball!!

Had an interview on Friday for a new job for a new restaurant that is opening up with a new convention center, that is all part of the hospital & college in my area(went really well & from the sounds of it. I have the job, I’ll find out in a week’s time.). Then I have two more interviews on Monday! Doing tech support and a “Remote Services Technician- Client Services Remote Services Technician”, as well as training other technicians on networking/computer development. All of them are good jobs, the pay is about the same, just one I get to work from home more than be out in the field.

I’ve also started lining up a course layout at The Art Institute of Portland… So far the cost is coming out to be 33k give or take a dollar, for 4 years to get my BS degree & maybe another 4 more years if I want to continue on to my Masters. Still a work in progress.. It’s been a busy 2 weeks haha! We also got a new car, yes we finial retired the nerd cruiser. It’s been along time coming tho with that car, just needed a massive upgrade.

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* Star Trek News*

startrek3tvshowsimilaritySo Simon Pegg had an interview with Comic Book Resources about the new Star Trek movie that to becoming out July 2016. Mister Pegg said:

“I think we just want to take it forward with the spirit of the TV show. And it’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take it, you know, where no man has gone before – where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation,” he said. “But yeah, that’s the mood at the moment.”

The new Star Trek movie has gone through several directors since the third installment was first announced. J.J. Abrams, who now serves as a producer in order to take charge of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Then writer-director Roberto Orci, who was later given the boot for “Fast Five’s” Justin Lin. Personally I can’t wait to see what the movie as become. I had my doubts at first… I enjoyed both movies in fact, I rather liked the 2nd one. But witht he 3rd movie changing so many writers & directors it’s never a good sign. But once Pegg came in and started writing. A sigh of relief come forth haha. I haven’t seen a movie I didn’t like Pegg in and when you have Frost and Pegg together it’s just gold.

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20150328_153248The other day we also started building some flower beds in the back yard as well as a small green house. It was a nice few hour project and I think it turned out rather well :). We still need to get planting dirt and rocks for the walk way we’re going to be adding in between the house and flower beds. Right now we have a variety of tomatoes, herbs, and lots of peppers. Also broccoli, brussel sprouts, onions etc…. You can’t see in the pictures. But there is a bigger garden where we grow everything else, I believe later on we’ll be planting some corn, potatoes, pumpkins(maybe).

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Origa Some rather sad news I found out a couple of days ago. Being a long time fan of the Ghost in the Shell series and the music. The singer Ol’ga Vital’evna Yakovleva pasted away on January 17, 2015, she was only 44. Her death was due to lung cancer. Composer Yoko Kanno, and both the first season’s theme song, Inner Universe (featuring boy soprano Ben Del Maestro) and the second season’s theme song, Rise used Origa’s vocals. Origa first performed with Kanno for A Gundam, singing Gabriela Robin’s “Moon” with the Gey’s AX chorus. In 2005, Origa performed songs for the anime series Fantastic Children, most notably the ending theme “Mizu no Madoromi”.

Koukaku.Kidoutai.GHOST.IN.THE.SHELL.full.1548076In 2006 Origa was involved in lyrics & vocal performance for the opening song (“Player”) and the ending theme (“date of rebirth”) from the movie Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society. In 2007, Origa performed with Yoko Kanno for the Ragnarok 2 Concert. There, she performed all three Ghost in the Shell opening themes; “Player” for Solid State Society, “Inner Universe” for the first season, and “Rise” for 2nd Gig, and substituted for Ilaria Graziano on “Yoru_Vo”, Pierre Bensusan on “ELM”, and Gabriela Robin on “Torukia”. She also performed alongside fellow vocalists Maaya Sakamoto and Mai Yamane and joined in singing selected songs originally performed only by Maaya.

On 19 December 2008, she performed at Sugizo’s “Rise to Cosmic Dance” concert held at Tokyo’s Shibuya-AX hall. She later appeared on his 2011 single “The Edge”. In 2014, Origa came to Anirevo (Anime Revolution) in where she performed in concert. She performed songs from the Ghost in the Shell series and a medley of many other theme songs. She also participated in a panel with Production I.G. CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa.

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Stargate_SG-1_cast_minus_Jonas_Quinn So I was looking around the interweb and looking up news & updates on Stargate.. I’ve done a podcast a few months ago based on Stargate and planed on doing more. Sadly it’s been pushed back more times than I care to voice. Here is the podcast if you care to listen: (Stargate Podcast)

But it looks like it’s movie along and I’m not to sure if I like what they are doing… From my understanding Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are in “final negotiations” to write what will now be the first film in a trilogy of franchise-destroying films which will include absolutely no reference to Sam Carter, Ronon Dex, or Eli Wallace…. Yes you read that right! NO REFERENCE! Wright and Woods are also working on the as-yet-unseen Independence Day 2.. So I’m a little worries about this. Dean Devlin, co-writer of the original movie, told The Portland Business Journal that the new trilogy will be millions of light years away from the original. Here is the quote:

“The Stargate thing is a different story. We did the original Stargate as an independent movie. It was a surprise success. Shortly before the movie came out, the financiers who were frightened the movie might not do well sold the film to MGM. When the film came out, it was a hit and spawned TV shows.

Of all the projects I’ve ever done, Stargate is the only one from the beginning intended to be a trilogy. We always wanted to do parts two and three, but the thinking was they didn’t want to do anything other than the TV series. So literally for 20 years I’ve been chasing this project. Twenty years later, we can’t really do part two. We have to start over from the beginning. So let’s reboot the series, put in all the things we couldn’t the first time, and set it up properly. Stargate created an expansive cinematic universe that has engaged fans for two decades. Under the guidance of Roland and Dean, these new films will build upon the creativity and popularity of the first film, while delivering an original film-going experience for fans and those new to the franchise.”

tumblr_mm05lmOCfq1rk6smno1_500I understand that they want to do what they originally set out to do. But You have SO much history there with the SG-1, Atlantis & Universe. You can’t ignore what has been done. Can you?? personally I think leaving Sam Carter, Ronon Dex, or Eli Wallace would be a mistake. The other rumor is that they are doing away with Jack O’Neil as well or remaking his character.. I guess time will tell in the end. Specially once ID42 comes out, we’ll get to see what kind of story tellers Nicolas Wright & James A. Woods. 😦

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Okay well this post as been every where and I’m not sorry about that haha! I really just left this open and kept adding to it through out the day. I think I’ll this again some time. I rather enjoy the randomness of this post :). Anywho, hope your day is going rather well. Please feel free leave comments and/or questions below!