The creators and actors of Peripheral embraced the popularization of Metaverse nerdy culture

The creators and actors of Peripheral embraced the popularization of Metaverse nerdy culture

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Science fiction is becoming less fantasy and more science. And I thought about how true that is in relation to metaverses as I watched Peripheral View streaming.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, recently cracked the term “metaverse” as something people don’t understand and probably won’t be useful to people.

He said in an interview with a Dutch publication. “And I’m not sure a layman can tell you what the metaverse is.”

But the creators of Amazon Prime video based on William Gibson’s novel are grateful that fans are beginning to understand the true meaning. In interviews with GamesBeat, executive producers Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan said that previous Hollywood shows – like their own Westworld; Marvel multiverse movies like Spider-Man and Dr. Strange and The Avengers; one ready player; Stranger Things and More – Helped pave the way for complex and deep shows like The Peripheral.

“There’s nothing wrong with being a nerd,” Joy said in our interview. “I wish there were more nerds.”

You can see their views in the video interview included in this story. Besides Nolan and Joey, I’ve also interviewed director Vincenzo Natale as well as actors Chloe Grace Moretz, Jack Reynor, Gary Carr, JJ Field, and Tania Miller.

Now that the show is coming out, Grace Moretz said, “there were two shows that really dived into the multiverse and the ideas behind it. A year ago, it probably took people longer to piece together what the multiverse is. Because it’s embedded in popular culture in so many ways, this goes with it further.” So “.

She noted that those with the power and money would use the metaverse as playgrounds and test ponds. An interesting narrative, Nolan said in our interview, is the idea of ​​a Metaverse competition, where one competes with the other to be more realistic.

Lisa Joy and Vincenzo Natalie talking with Dean Takahashi.

“The idea of ​​the metaverse is a hierarchy,” he said. “In this world, you have two completely real worlds and an argument about which one is the metaverse. It wraps Gary’s character in one. Chloe is in the other. Then the argument about which one is the metaverse. Which one is the real world.”

Nolan said he grew up with Gibson’s books and it’s an honor to have him back as a source.

“According to Zuckerberg, metaverses are upon us. I would say Gibson’s work precedes metaverses. With metaverses and Gibson underneath it all was cyberspace,” Nolan Credit Neil Stephenson said. “I never thought the weird shit I had as a kid would have any connection to anyone else. Suddenly it became the fabric of the universe in which we now live. It makes me so worried about what’s going down the tube.”

The TV series is based on the novel by Gibson, who—before Neil Stevenson coined the term “metaverse” in 1992 with Snow Crash—gave us the term “cyberspace” in his short story Burning Chrome (1982) and his debut novel Neuromancer (1984).

Jonathan Nolan and Gary Carr of The Peripheral.

After 30 years of flying under the radar, the concept of the metaverse has been embraced by game experts like Tim Sweeney, John Hanke and Dave Baszucki. And last year, the term exploded into the public consciousness when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg renamed his company Meta. We’re even getting to a point where it’s in vogue for people like Cook, who has his own interest in a segment of the metaverse called augmented reality, to crush the metaverse.

However, there are enough things that happen to come out Stevenson himself To start his company Lamina1 to promote open metaverse and talk about the future Upcoming GamesBeat Summit 2022 In San Francisco on October 25-26.

This show is yet another that lights the way into the metaverse. The audience familiar with these works should be able to understand the kind of story we have here. And it’s no surprise that The Peripheral’s executive producers are Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, creators of Westworld, who have complex timelines and concerns about how artificial intelligence and simulation may blur our realities.

Joy said this heightened awareness is good for the world because there should be more nerds, who think deeply about the world and the effects of technology on humanity. Science fiction is a way to make complex ideas more interesting to absorb. With the pandemic, Joy said, we have more reasons to think deeply and to discover difficult problems.

“Science fiction and these complex stories are getting less complicated for everyone because the future is here,” Joy said. “The idea of ​​a pandemic would have blown our minds a couple of years ago, and now it’s something we have to adapt to in our daily lives. The idea of ​​technologies looms in abstraction in the future — well, it’s becoming reality at an accelerating rate. Science fiction is less fantasy and more real.”

For the audience, this type of show presents a challenge. The show is very similar to Westworld, in that the audience has to figure out what’s going on on a complex timeline. Not surprisingly, the executive producers include Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. They trust that the audience will learn about what is happening and find out.

“It’s no different than a video game,” Joy said. “You are in a world and you have to move. You have to adapt. There is not necessarily a big rule book. The idea of ​​exploring the world, this kind of behavior is increasingly encoded in the way we interact with each other.”

Gibson’s The Peripheral debuted in 2014 with fresh ideas about immersive virtual reality, making you feel like you’ve been transported somewhere else and even into someone else’s body. I recently read the book at a science fiction writers club. In the novel, Gibson puts you in this situation and you have to find out. The show does that too.

The Peripheral from Amazon Studios comes October 21.
The Peripheral from Amazon Studios comes October 21.

The book is set in the year 2032, at an age when it is possible to move from one time version to another. It’s not just some kind of time travel. But it is a point in time where you can move backwards, change the events of the past, and create two or more different time branches. One can turn into reality, the other may disappear as a short “stub” of time. Gibson’s concept of heel is very easy to understand. If you find yourself at a crossroads, you don’t want to be on a heel.

It depicts the lifestyle of some future poor: Flynn Fisher (played by Chloe Grace Moretz), her Navy veteran brother, Burton (Jack Raynor), and their dying mother living in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the year 2032. In London, in another reality, he lives People are in futuristic luxury with AI characters roaming as servants. Director Vincenzo Natali, in our interview, said that there is a mixture of utopia and dystopia in the novel. One aspect that I love is that Flynn can make a living as a skilled player.

Oh my gosh, I don't know what's real about The Peripheral.
Oh my gosh, I don’t know what’s real about The Peripheral.

“It’s not bi,” Natalie said. “It’s more complicated than that. The future isn’t dystopian nor is it perfect. It’s somewhere in between. It’s good that Gibson’s vision finally comes to life on screen. It’s always been hacked in different ways. One of the things that resonates so much on the show is that Flynn is trying Discover her future. That’s what we’re all doing now.”

Field said, “Think of peripheral sub-games. It’s set for virtual reality, right?”

“I would love to play that game,” Miller said.

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