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New Escapist Column! On “Devs”, “Westworld” and Determinism…

I published a new In the Frame piece at Escapist Magazine this evening. Devs recently wrapped up, and Westworld is hurdling towards its season finale, so it seemed an appropriate time to reflect on both of those.

There’s an interesting synchronicity between the third season of Westworld and Devs. Both are stories about tech companies trying to build deterministic models of the world. Although both series approach this basic framework in very different ways, they seem to tap into the same core anxieties. Westworld and Devs are stories about free will and choice in the face of inhuman systems that argues the world could only ever be as it is. There’s something fascinating in seeing these themes boiling to the surface so close together.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.