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Why Tesla’s CyberTruck Matters

A Unique Unveiling

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On November 21st, Elon Musk finally unveiled the long-teased and eagerly anticipated Cybertruck. The unveiling was livestreamed with great fanfare, featuring Elon and his team introducing all the different features of this truck that looks quite unlike any other truck you may have seen before.

…And with the unique design came the ridiculing on the internet. “Finally every kid will be able to draw a realistic truck” noted one commentator on Youtube. Others compared the design of the truck to everything from the Pokemon Polygon to the original video game version of Lara Croft’s breasts.

But not everyone poked fun. Some hailed the design as taken straight from a sci-fi film, which indeed was probably where a lot of the inspiration for the design came from.

The ridicule was then made worse when one of Elon’s team threw a metal ball at the car’s windows to prove how durable and shatterproof they were. Instead the ball cracked the glass at its impact point. So they did it again with the second window, sure it wouldn’t happen again. But it did.

This made for a somewhat awkward rest of the presentation, with Elon standing in front of his brand new Cybertruck with cracked windows trying to continue selling the thing as if nothing had happened.

Elon Cybertruck awkward

“We can fix that in post” Musk joked, as he tried to move past the incident. He later tweeted his team doing the exact same thing in a test behind closed doors, showing the windows doing what they were supposed to and repelling the metal ball effortlessly. It was clearly a humbling experience.

The Inspiration

Musk told Vox journalist Kara Swisher in an interview last year that the car would be “a really futuristic-like cyberpunk, ‘Blade Runner’ pickup truck”. Thus the name, and I would imagine, the appreciation for the Cyberpunk genre.

Apparently the appreciation is mutual. Blade Runner’s art director Syd Mead apparently told Business Insider that the Cybertruck was “stylistically breathtaking”, for which Musk was later thanked him for on twitter.

Musk also stated that part of the influence for the design was taken from the Lotus Esprit S1 car, which turned into a submarine for James Bond in The Spy That Loved Me.

Sci-fi and Cyberpunk fans felt that the car was reminiscent to many classic sci-fi films such as Total Recall, Back to the Future, and Blade Runner of course.

Cyberpunk 2077 Rumors

But sci-fi fans may have something else on the horizon to get even more excited about. There are rumors that the Cybertruck may be featured as a playable vehicle in Cyberpunk 2077.

A fan posted the picture below to Reddit of what that may look like, and as you can see, it fits right in.

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In fact, Screenrant made the connection immediately. “[Elon Musk] unveiled [the truck] with a name which suggests the inventor is very, very hyped for CD Projekt Red’s next game. Luckily, it may not be too late in the development cycle of Cyberpunk 2077 for the game to add in Cybertruck as some sort of additional promotional content, should they choose to do so. After all, Musk is undeniably practically begging for it with that font choice.”

How close are the fonts? Well, you be the judge. Below is the Cybetruck font.

Cybertruck font

And this is the Cyberpunk 2077 font.

Cyberpunk 2077 logo

…Screenrant may have a point.

Why this all matters

I discovered Cyberpunk in January 2018, but I have always loved the Cyberpunk genre–I just never knew it. With my favorite movie of all time being The Matrix, and then feeling enraptured by films such as Ghost in the Shell, Minority Report, I, Robot, or Blade Runner 2049, it’s always been a genre that was an interest of mine. However, for a long time this genre was rather niche. Despite the Matrix trilogy bringing the genre out of the shadows for a brief period, it wasn’t enough to keep it mainstream, and thus it fell back out of the limelight until 2017 and 2018 which was considered by some to be a re-birth of the genre. This was a result of Blade Runner 2049 and Ghost in the Shell coming out the same year, followed soon thereafter by Ready Player One, a Steven Spielberg film. We also saw Upgrade, and TV series like Altered Carbon and Black Mirror coming out around the same time, and it was this combination that finally helped Cyberpunk stay in the mainstream spotlight to some extent.

The Cybertruck is proof Cyberpunk is becoming mainstream

Now, with Cyberpunk 2077, I am convinced that Cyberpunk is experiencing a rebirth of the genre. People are becoming more excited than ever about Cyberpunk, and the Cybertruck–a competitor to the Ford F-150 in the car industry, of all places–is one of the many places that Cyberpunk is becoming relevant. With the rising use of drones and the increasing ability of autonomous robots, I believe that Cyberpunk will continue becoming more popular, not less, and the Cybertruck is clear proof of this. Its home was in the books, movies, and tv series, but it is now expanding into delivery drones for Amazon, Mules and Bomb Squad Robots for the military, and now trucks in the car industry.

Cyberpunk is now.

Geof Darrow, Steve Skroce return for Matrix 4 Concept Art

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Screenrant has recently confirmed that Geofrey Darrow and Steve Skroce will be returning for Matrix 4 to help create the concept art to visualize the scenes for this film, now that the script is mostly already written. In case you don’t recognize these names, This is the duo (with Skroce in particular) that helped draw the storyboard scene by scene to help the Warner Brother executives understand the vision the Wachowski sisters had at the time back in the late 1990s. Their sketches of the opening scene of the Matrix where Trinity is running away from agents was crucial in securing the funding the Wachowskis needed in order to get their film off the ground. It’s great to see that Lana Wachowski will be going back to basics with all these original members of the team that made the Matrix trilogy so great before. It also confirms a pattern of Lana choosing people she can trust, and that she’s worked with before. This will allow fans to breathe a little easier, knowing that Matrix 4 is in good hands. John Toll has also confirmed that he will serve as cinematographer.

While I wasn’t able to find any social media for Skroce, Darrow seems very excited to be back in the project again. He posted on his twitter @DarrowGeof the following on August 22nd: “Never thought I’d ever see my name in a paragraph with these three. YIKES!!” (the three being Lana Wachowski, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in this article from Hollywood Reporter).

Darrow isn’t alone in sharing this enthusiasm for returning to the Matrix world.

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”

Lana, in turn, also had this to say about returning to the project:

“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”

Hopefully Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving will share this enthusiasm enough to return to the world as well. For now, we have to wait and see.

 

Matrix 4 Confirmed! Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss Return

Keanu and Carrie Anne

Well folks, the unthinkable happened. Variety has confirmed last night with an exclusive report that Matrix 4 has finally been confirmed! And thus today, August 21st 2019, will mark the beginning of what will probably be a year or more of Cyberpunk Matrix reporting to you the latest updates as I get them. So far, this is what we know via Variety:

Returning actors and director

Lana Wachowski

Lana Wachowski will be writing and directing the fourth film in the series, while Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity respectively. This obviously raises a lot of questions, since Trinity died via major impaling at the end of Matrix Revolutions, and then Neo died as a martyr in order to rid the Matrix of Agent Smith and free the humans from the machines in a truce to allow them to co-exist. Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, has been noticeably absent from the announcement, which is doubly curious considering he is definitely still active in playing roles (such as with Keanu Reeves in the latest two John Wick films) and he was left practically unharmed at the end of Matrix Revolutions.

Producers

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film again, and  Warner Bros. Picture Group Chairman Toby Emmerich was the one who made the announcement Tuesday about Matrix 4.

Writers

Hemon and Mitchell

In addition to Lana Wachowski, the script was also written by Alexsandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Hemon is a Bosnian-American fiction writer best known for his novel Lazarus Project (2008) which won the distinction of New York Magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year. Mitchell might be more recognizable as the writer behind the novel Cloud Atlas, which was made into a film written and directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Mitchell was reportedly very impressed with how the Wachowskis had adapted his novel into a movie, a feat that he never thought was even possible. “Adaptation is a form of translation, and all acts of translation have to deal with untranslatable spots…When asked whether I mind the changes made during the adaption of Cloud Atlas, my response is similar: The filmmakers speak fluent film language, and they’ve done what works” (Wall Street Journal). He later collaborated again with the Wachowskis on the second season of the Netflix show Sense8, and would have continued working on Season 3 had Netflix not cancelled the show.

Mitchell-Wachowski collaborations

Cloud Atlas

Considering how closely the Wachowskis are working with Mitchell, it might be worth taking a closer look at their collaboration with him for Sense8’s season 2, as well as re-watching Cloud Atlas, taking particular note to the excellent Cyberpunk story set in 2144 Seoul surrounding the story of Sonmi-451, a human clone born into slave labor.

Unanswered Questions

Although this news is very exciting, a lot of what we have learned gives rise to countless new questions. What about Laurence Fishburne and Morpheus? When will the story take place, before or after the events of the Matrix trilogy? If it takes place before, it would be focused more on Trinity perhaps, since Neo would just be Thomas Anderson, computer hacker and corporate worker. If it was set after the trilogy, they would have to resurrect Neo and Trinity somehow. It could be possible to resurrect Neo by having his consciousness stored digitally and then implanted on a new host, much like how Smith implanted himself on a human in the real world. Regarding Trinity, she could appear in Neo’s dreams, thus allowing her to be in the movie while remaining dead.

Or, perhaps, it could be a story that runs in parallel to the matrix, perhaps somewhere after the end of Matrix 1 but before Matrix 3 when Smith corrupted the Matrix system with all his clones.

Music

The Matrix music

What about the music? Who will be composing the original score? In the original trilogy it was mostly composed by Don Davis, with Juno Reactor contributing to several tracks. I think they should stick with the same composer, so that they can modify the original Matrix score to bring back the nostalgia vibe, while at the same time modifying parts of it to make it more modern.

Speaking of which, what contributing artists will they be adding? In the first Matrix, for example, they included samples of songs from artists like Rage Against the Machine, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy, Propellerheads, Rob Dougan, and Rammstein. that reflected a good punk vibe of end 1990s-early 2000s. What would be an equivalent today? Will they want to make it more electronic to match the times, or perhaps add a synthwave element to it? Daft Punk seems like a good possibility, but so does Junkie XL who recently composed for Alita: Battle Angel and is composing the score for the new Terminator reboot Dark Fate.

Thoughts

What do you think about what may happen with Matrix 4? Comment below.

An RFID implant to unlock your Tesla–Cyberpunk is Now

AmieDD

Source: womenlovetech.com

Meet Amie. Amie doesn’t like being told she can’t do things, like taking the RFID chip out of her Tesla key card and implanting it into her arm. So she melted it out with acetone, encapsulated it in a biopolymer with the help of Amal Graafstra of DangerousThings.com, and proved her naysayers wrong with the assistance of body modification expert studio Shaman Modifications.

The new implant joins a previous one to unlock Amie’s house door and access her own personal website. “If I were to tap my hand to your phone, it would automatically open a browser and go to my web page” she explains. I guess Amie has a strong aversion to physical keys. Now she can wave at a laptop or phone to show her website, wave at her front door to open up, and wave at her car to unlock and start.

AmieDD Tesla

Source: electrek.co

The full details of how Amie hacked her TESLA card and implanted it into her arm can be found here on here hackaday website. She also made a couple videos to show you just how she did it so maybe you, too, someday, could implant a chip in your arm? My concern would be if TESLA decides to do an update and then the chip needs to be replaced or updated. That’s a lot of body cutting.

Reading Amie’s personal bio sounds like a character ported right out of a Cyberpunk 2077 character sheet. She started her career at Marvel Studios, working on Captain America and X-Men Destiny. Then she transitioned into R&D to work on the XBOX and Playstation consoles. Now she works She’s a self-described maker, builder, and “magical unicorn software engineer” which includes selling her own 3-D printed items and LEGO gifts on her own etsy store. Oh and, did I mention she’s a next-level cosplayer? Because she does that too.

amiedd lego cosplay

It looks cool but I can’t imagine that’s very comfortable to wear. So many LEGO edges to stab yourself with!

When describing her cosplay experience and what it brought to her tinkering skills, Amie explains in the about page of her website that “Working on cosplay costumes have helped me become a better programmer, it taught me to finish a project, and always better myself, and never be afraid to be a beginner. Tech is sexy.” And to help inspire others, she’s bringing that message of sexy tech to girls, by starting her own scholarship for girls in STEM through the National Videogame Museum.

Amie is a true cyberpunk. We should all be more like Amie.

To read more about Amie’s TESLA experience, you can check out this article about it on Teslarati.com

 

 

Cyberpunk 2077: Release date, Keanu, and what we know so far

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Cyberpunk 2077 News, Updates and Trailer

Cyberpunk 2077 has finally given us some more news, with an updated trailer released yesterday at E3, along with the shocking revelation that Keanu Reeves will be featured in the video game as what may be an NPC called Johnny Silverhand. I, along with the rest of the collective internet, took a gasp of ecstatic surprise when Keanu appears out of nowhere at the end of the video game trailer. In case the connection with Keanu Reeves wasn’t already clear, Keanu is perhaps one of the most recurring actors to play lead-role cyberpunk films, such as Johnny Mnemonic and the Matrix franchise of course, which I’ve already covered extensively in my review here. In addition to quickly making it to the front page of Reddit, users are also comparing how Keanu looks in his digitized form in the video game compared to how he looked in the relatively successful single player games Enter the Matrix and Path of Neo (both of which I played extensively, and absolutely loved as a child growing up).

Keanu videogame then and now

Whoa.

After the new video game footage was displayed at E3, Keanu himself walked out onto the stage to finally announce

the release date of Cyberpunk 2077, which is April 16th, 2020.

It was surreal to see Keanu in the game and then in real life walk out on stage, so I can’t imagine what it must have felt like to be there in the audience in person. One particular attendee expressed our collective adoration when Keanu announced “walking the streets of night city is breathtaking” to which this fan responded “YOU’RE breathtaking!” Without missing a beat, Keanu responds with “no, YOU’RE breathtaking…you’re all breathtaking!” Being the humble and friendly neighborhood Keanu that he is, the moment is also being immortalized on the internet as a classic awww moment.

To see the trailer with Keanu’s dramatic entrance, check it out here.

Pre-Order Cyberpunk 2077

With the announcement of the release date, Steam made Cyberpunk 2077 available for pre-order for $59.99, and apparently it’s already reaching #1 in sales on Steam. And it won’t even be available for another 10 months.

It’s hard to emphasize how much hype there is for this video game since it was announced way back in 2012. Ever since the success of The Witcher 3, there has been so much silence on when this game would come out, complete with rumor mills and countless articles about any little bit of information the internet could gather whenever a member of the CD Projekt Red team would change. The Hype Train got so loud that simply looking for any news on Cyberpunk media online, I had to put “-2077” in the google search bar because otherwise I would only see news related to the video game.

So what do we know so far about Cyberpunk 2077?

Well, although it has FPS elements, it’s first and foremost an RPG with a strong narrative component. The gameplay trailer released last year showed off a lot of the game’s systems, including character progression, combat, and how decision trees affect your gaming experience. There’s both a collector’s edition and standard edition available for pre-order, and it will be available on what looks like most systems (next-gen Xbox and Playstation, Steam, Epic, GOG, etc.)

The main character is called V, and can be visually with hair, tattoos, and clothing, including being male or female, each variant of which has its own voice actor of course. However, it doesn’t look like deep facial feature sliders will be an option. You can also choose your stats, similar to Fallout, apparently.

The Setting of Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in Night City, a fictional metropolis in Northern California named after its founder Richard Night. It features six districts with no loading screens between them. You can drive to get around in different vehicles using first or third person. The city is part of a world where the US suffered an extreme socioeconomic collapse that affected the rest of the planet by throwing it into chaos. The US government can only maintain a weak sense of order through the help of mega-corporations.

Its source material comes from a tabletop game written by Mike Pondsmith called Cyberpunk 2020. The game has been through three iterations, with the first two being Cyberpunk 2013 and Cyberpunk 2020. Within these games, we can both take a deep dive into the lore and history, but also into the classes that we can expect.’

Cyberpunk 2020

Cyberpunk 2020 has 9 different distinct classes: Cop, Corporate, Fixer, Media, Netrunner, Nomad, Solo, Techie, and Rockerboy. The latter has one famous kind of Rockerboy: Johnny Silverhand. As a Rockerboy, Silverhand is a bard who uses his music to convey his message of anti-capitalism as a way of acting as the social conscience of the masses. Part Rebel, part street-poet, he’s charisma incarnate who hearten the oppressed and resist authority using their music and poetry. One representative said they were “beyond excited” for Reeves to take on the role. “As a musician and someone who believes in making an impact in the word, someone who has known fame and the way it can lift and cut, its clear Mr. Reeves can understand Johnny in a way few people can.”

To learn more about all the lore of the Cyberpunk setting and history, you can read up about it here.