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Science fiction is less fictional and more scientific. When I watched The Peripheral streaming, I wondered how this would be for the Metaverse.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently dismissed the term “metaverse” as something people don’t understand, which could be bad for people.

“I always thought it was important to let people know what things are,” he said in an interview with a Dutch publication. “And I’m really not sure what the average person can tell you about the Metaverse.”

But the creator of the Amazon Prime Video show based on the novel by William Gibson ( William Gibson) thanked fans for getting to know the metaverse. In an interview with GamesBeat, executive producers Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan said that past Hollywood shows — like their own Westworld; Marvel’s multiverse films like Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and The Avengers; prepared Good Player One; Stranger Things and more – paved the way for complex and in-depth 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 perspective in the video interview embedded in this story. In addition to Nolan and Joey, I also interviewed director Vincenzo Natali and actors Chloe Moretz, Jack Leno, Gary Carr, JJ Field and T’Nia Miller.

Grace Moretz said, “Now that the show is going to hit theaters, there are already several shows that really delve into the multiverse and The idea behind it. A year ago, it might have taken people longer to piece together what the multiverse was. Because it’s so woven into pop culture in so many ways, it’s a step further.”

Those with power and money would use the metaverse to be the playground and the test bed, she pointed out. Nolan said in our interview that the interesting narrative is the idea of ​​competing metaverses, where one competing with the other is more real.

) Lisa Joy and Vincenzo Natali talking to Dean Takahashi.

“The Metaverse Concepts are layered,” he said. “In this world, you have two completely real worlds and an argument about which is the metaverse. Gary’s character Wilf is in one. Chloe is in the other. Then there is an argument over which is the metaverse. Which. One is the real world.”

Nolan said he grew up with Gibson’s books and was honored to be back with him as a source.

“According to Zuckerberg, the virtual world has arrived. I would say Gibson’s work predates the Metaverse. Credits to Neal Stephenson and the Metaverse and Gibson, all of this is cyberspace,” Nolan said. “I never thought the weird things I went through as a kid would have anything to do with anyone else. All of a sudden, it’s the structure of the universe we’re living in now. It made me very worried about what’s going to happen next.”

This TV series is based on Gibson’s novel, before Neil Stephenson coined the word “”, Gibson’s 1992 “Avalanche” – in his The short story “Burning Chrome” (1982) and his first novel “Neuromancer” (1984) gave us the term “cyberspace”.

Jonathan Nolan and Gary Carr of The Peripheral.

After 30 years of Flying low-key, the concept of virtual worlds has been embraced by gaming executives like Tim Sweeney, John Hanke and Dave Baszucki. The term has exploded in the public consciousness over the past year as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg rebranded his company Meta. We’re even entering a popular phase for people like Cook, who has a vested interest in the metaverse known as augmented reality, to bash the metaverse group.

Yet enough has happened to entice Stephenson himself to start his Lamina1 company to promote the open metaverse and at our upcoming GamesBeat Summit Next Speak at the 2022 event San Francisco October 25-26.

This show is another illuminating the way to the Metaverse. Viewers familiar with these works today should be able to grasp the story we have here. Not surprisingly, The Peripheral’s executive producers are Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, the creators of Westworld, who have their own complicated timelines and concerns about how artificial intelligence and simulations can blur our reality.

Joy says this growing awareness is good for the world because there should be more nerds who are thinking deeply about the world and the impact of technology on humanity people. Science fiction is a way to make complex ideas easier to digest. With the pandemic, Joy said, we have more reason to think deeply and figure out the hard problems.

“Science fiction and these complex stories are less and less difficult for everyone to understand because the future is here,” Joy said. “A few years ago, the idea of ​​a pandemic would have taken us by surprise, now it’s something we have to adapt to in our daily lives. Concepts of future technologies loom – they are becoming reality at a faster rate. Science fiction is less fiction, More is the truth.”

For the audience, this kind of show is challenging. The show is a lot like Westworld, where viewers have to figure out what’s going on in a complicated timeline. That’s not surprising, as executive producers are Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. They trust that the audience will catch on and figure out what’s going on.

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

Gibson’s The Peripheral debuted immersive VR in 2014 with a new idea that makes you feel like you’ve been teleported to another place, maybe even another person body of. I recently happened to read this book in a sci-fi book club. In the novel, Gibson just puts you in this situation and you have to figure it out. So does the show.

The peripheral will be available from Amazon Studios on October 21st.

The Peripheral is coming from Amazon Studios on October 21. The book is set in the year 2032, and that era can be shifted from one version of time to another. This is not just a time travel. But it’s a point in time, and you can move backwards, change past events, and create two or more different branches of time. One may continue to be, the other may disappear as a truncated time “stub”. Gibson’s concept of stubs is easy to understand. If you find yourself at a fork, you don’t want to be on a stub.

Depicting the way of life of some poor people in the future: Flynne Fisher (Chloe Grace Moretz), her Navy veteran brother Burton (Jack Reynor), 2032, They live with their dying mother in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In London, in an alternate reality, people live in futuristic luxury, with AI characters moving around as servants. Director Vincenzo Natali said in our interview that there is both utopia and dystopia in the novel. One aspect I like is that Flynn can make a living as a skilled gamer.

Oh my god, I don’t know what’s really going on in the peripherals.

“This is not binary, “Natali said. “It’s more complicated than that. The future isn’t dystopian and it’s not perfect. It’s somewhere in between. It’s great to finally see Gibson’s vision on the silver screen. It’s always compromised in various ways. The show One of the things that resonated was that Flynn was trying to figure out her future. That’s what we’re all doing right now.”

Feild said, “Thinking Think of a peripheral spin-off game. It’s set up for VR, isn’t it?”

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

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