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Mirroring Humans through Westworld’s Othered Artificial Intelligence

In the fantasy world of AI-populated Westworld, unchecked humankind regresses into violence toward the "Other" -- just as we do in the chaotic real world. Is that the essence of human nature, to always reject its' self as seen in the visage of the Other?

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'Westworld's "Contrapasso" Episode Suggests Dehumanization and Dante's Nine Circles of Hell

The narrative pivots and complicates the reality of Westworld in "Contrapasso". The show is about the most HBO-ized episode of an HBO drama ever produced.

Garret Castleberry
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Westworld: Season 1, Episode 1 - "The Original"

Ethical conflicts between creator and created are just one aspect of Westworld's brilliant and epically ambitious first episode.

Garret Castleberry
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'Westworld' Ponders the Lives of NPCs

Westworld seems less interested in examining traditional protagonists than interrogating the behaviors and abuses of a fictional world's props, its non-player characters.

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'Westworld': Where the Women Aren't Disposable, Just Recycled

Westworld offers a vision of the future of male-female relations almost as dispiriting as the thought that Clinton, at 68, is still not quite old enough to be excused from the demands of random men that she smile.

Ellen Gray

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