The Philosophy of System Shock

[Cyberpunk, Megacorporations, Artificial Intelligence]

Look at you, hacker: a pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?
-SHODAN

System Shock is a cyberpunk themed video game by Looking Glass Studios and Irrational Games, home of infamous AI villain SHODAN. This presentation explores the common themes related to cyberpunk, including futurism, megacorporations, artificial intelligence, the exponential growth of technology and the power that it enables. It also examines the lore of the System Shock franchise and its original characters, including SHODAN, Anatoly Korenchkin, and The Many.

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Clips used:

Artificial Intelligence: it will kill us Jay Tuck TEDxHamburgSalon (YouTube 2017) | Ex Machina 2015 | I Robot 2004 | Blade Runner 2049 2017 | Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines 2003 | Terminator Genisys 2015 | The Matrix 1999 | The Matrix Revolutions 2003 | Bicentennial Man 1999 | RoboCop 2014 | Ghost In The Shell 2017 | Tron Legacy 2010 | Judge Dredd 1995 | The Fifth Element 1997 | Artificial Intelligence 2001 | Blade Runner 1982 | Westworld 2016 | Avatar 2009 | Dues Ex Human Revolution (YouTube) | Deus Ex Mankind Divided (YouTube) | RoboCop 3 1993 | Hackers 1995 | Johnny Mnemonic 1995 | Total Recall 2012 | House Of Cards 2013 | Prometheus 2012 | Class of 1999 1990 | Tank Girl 1995 | Cypher 2002 | Pacific Rim 2013 | BBC The Birth of Empire The East India Company 2014 | A Royal Affair 2012 | Casanova 2005 | Quills 2000 | The Social Network 2010 | Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice 2016 | Breaking Bad 2008 | 2001 A Space Odyssey 1968 | Aliens 1986 | The Martian 2015 | Her 2013 | Short Circuit 2 1988 | Chappie 2015 | The Machine 2013 | Terminator 2 Judgment Day 1991 | Short Circuit 1986 | Interstellar 2014 | Minority Report 2002 | Ender’s Game 2013 | Saturn 3 1980 | Avengers Age Of Ultron 2015 | WarGames 1983 | Fortress 1992 | Dark City 1998 | RoboCop 1987 | Star Trek The Motion Picture 1979 | Alien Covenant 2017 | Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 | Alien 1979 | Slither 2006 | Starcraft Cinematics (YouTube) | Alien Resurrection 1997 | Sex Files: Alien Erotica 1998 | Starship Troopers 1997 | Kingdom of Heaven 2005

Music used:

System Shock OST – Theme for Citadel station | The Synthetic Orchestra – Engineering Orchestra | The Synthetic Orchestra – Med Sci Orchestra | Mass Effect 3 OST | The Fifth Element OST | System Shock 1 OST | System Shock 2 OST | Assassin’s Creed 3 OST | Deus Ex Human Revolution Ambient OST | Edgar Rothermich – Blade Runner 30th Anniversary | The Matrix OST | Bicentennial Man OST | Vangelis Blade Runner OST | Philip Glass – Pruit igoe and Prophecies | Artificial Intelligence OST | Technomancer – Blade Runner | Cybernetika – Hydroponics | Zircon & Jonathan Peros – Ethical Contraints Removed | Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Music Elephant Music – Decay (YouTube) | Mass Effect 2 OST | Ghost in the Shell 2017 OST | Cybernetika – Medsci DnB Remix (YouTube) | Starcraft 2 Wings of Liberty OST | Heroes of the Storm OST | Blade Runner 2049 OST | Mellow Sonic – Shodan (YouTube)

Citations used:

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed – Ray Kurzweil | The Singularity is Near – Ray Kurzweil | Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies – Nick Bostrom.