Last Week in Cyberpunk 7/1/2016

Skynet Hunter Killer from Terminator

Our reality continues to march blindly into the cautionary territory of cyberpunk dystopias. The most progress this week seems to be in the field of artificial intelligence. This is mirrored in the number of upcoming films that focus on the rise of AI. Amidst continuing reboots, there is some new unique cyberpunk worlds to explore – some of these new worlds walk well tread ground, however.

Cyberpunk Reality

Cyborg Olymipics

Discover Magazine takes a sneak peak at Cybathlon, the first cyborg olympics. They go over the various the events that will be present at the event. You can find the article here.

brain computer interface

Brain-computer interface at a Cybathlon rehearsal. (Credit: ETH Zurich)

AI Fighter Pilots Win Combat Simulation

Skynet is one piece closer to coming into existence. This week Artificially Intelligent Fighter Pilots won a simulation against human antagonists. The AI did have an advantage in that it had four fighter jets, whereas there were only two human pilots. However, the human fighters were equipped with more fire power. It will be interesting to see this simulation rehashed with both sides equal.

Skynet Hunter Killer from Terminator

Skynet Hunter Killer from Terminator

Robot Escapes Russian Lab, Twice

A experimental robot escaped from it’s creators at Promobot, a Russian robotics lab, not once, but twice. It sounds like this “escape” is being blown out of proportion because it simply used its improved navigation abilities to find a gate that had been mistakenly left open. So rather than an AI trying to “escape”” its lab, this seems to be a case of improved mobility that caught the researchers off guard, twice.

Escaped robot blocking traffic in Russia.

Escaped robot blocking traffic in Russia.

Cyberpunk Movies

Sprawl

Brad Champagne, who is known for his short film from 2012 – Anamnesis, is now working on a project called Sprawl. Sprawl brings him back to exploring a cyberpunk world. The official synopsis is:

Sprawl is the story of a former cop turned killer for hire who years ago was outfitted with a cybernetic enhancement that allows him to entirely forgo sleep. Also unable to dream, he’s lost himself in the city’s underbelly, a place where he hasn’t slept for seven years. Just as his buried sub-conscious begins to force its way to the surface he meets a fascinating but paranoid woman who pleads with him to kill someone for her in exchange for intimacy. Barely able to trust his own perceptions, he faces a choice between the pull of the Sprawl and facing what lies in the depths of his subconscious.

You can support Sprawl’s Indiegogo campaign here.

Morgan

Morgan appears to be a film in the same vein as Ex Machina. A android is being developed in an off-the-grid location by a corporation and the appearance of new people at the lab allow for the android to attempt escape. Notably, this film is directed by Luke Scott, who directed Loom, and is the son of Ridley Scott.

Akira

Justin Lin, the director who is best known for Fast and the Furious and the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, is being actively courted by Warner Bros. to direct the ever in development hell Akira adaptation.

Justin Lin, Director of Fast and the Furious, and Star Trek Beyond

Justin Lin, Director of Fast and the Furious, and Star Trek Beyond

Blade Runner

Barkhad Abdi has been added to the cast of Blade Runner in undisclosed role. At this point in the film’s production the only confirmed role is Harrison Ford returning as Richard Deckard.

Barkhad Abdi

Barkhad Abdi

Beta Test

Beta Test looks like a lower budget version of 2009’s Gamer starring Manu Bennett, best known for his role on WB’s Arrow as Deathstroke. Here is the official synopsis:

Beta Test revolves around Max Troy, a Seattle-based video game champion and game tester who is about to test the latest game sensation from global video game juggernaut, Sentinel. As Max begins his procedural dissection of the game, he begins to realize this new game is not like any other. As Max completes new tasks, events in the real world begin to mirror them. Soon, Max uncovers a deep-rooted conspiracy from within the walls of Sentinel, which leads him to discover that the game’s protagonist, Orson Creed, is a real man, in the real world. If Max can somehow join forces with Creed, together they may have a chance at unraveling this conspiracy before the tasks in the game escalate and overwhelm their city.

Virtual – The Hologames

Daniel Hernández Torrado is crowdfuding his project, Virtual – The Hologames an attempt to create a compelling narrative about the future of virtual reality video games, complete with VR 360 components. You can find out more about the Kickstarter here. Below is his short, Pixel Theory, which acts as a kind of proof of concept for Virtual.

Official Synopsis:

In a futuristic and desolated world, ruled with iron fist by the Programmer, a tyrant half human, half machine, that controls all the technology, enslaved humankind miserably scrapes out a living divided into Sectors, connecting to virtual reality in order to escape from their problems.

However, there will be a gamer from the suburbs that will change everything.

Cyberpunk Television Series

12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys has been confirmed for a 10 episode third season.

12 MONKEYS (Photo by: Kurt Iswarlenko/Syfy)

12 MONKEYS (Photo by: Kurt Iswarlenko/Syfy)

Cyberpunk Video Games

2064: Read Only Memories

Read Only Memories is being re-released on Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita under the title 2064: Read Only Memories. This release will have complete voice acting, reworked puzzles, and an expanded epilogue.

Imprint-X

Imprint-X is a puzzle solving game created by Morgondag. There is currently an ongoing Kickstarter to support the project.

Did we miss anything this week? What are you most excited about in reality or in fiction? Let us know on social media (Facebook, Twitter), or down in the comments below.

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  1. The only thing I didn’t like, was the voice acting to ROM.
    Preferably, I’d like to make up the voices in my head, because looking at how the game looks, and then hearing very crystal clear and quite modern voices, yeah it just doesn’t work for me.

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  2. You guys missed the System Shock remake pre-alpha demo.

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