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DEATH MACHINE
MOVIE REVIEW
DAWN OF THE DEAD - 2004
!!!THE SCIENCE MOMENT!!!

Death machine

Kelly Parks
SCIENCE MOMENT BY
KELLY PARKS

After some clever computer manipulations (using the most antique, text only computers you've seen in years - an odd choice.1) Cale manages to delete Dante's computer privileges thereby effectively firing him.

When they're being chased through the halls by the bad robot, why doesn't it cross anyone's mind to call 911? Even if the building's phone system was knocked out by the terrorists or Dante or impure thoughts, these people are executives! Where are their cell phones?2

Speaking of technology, it's time for a

!!!SCIENCE MOMENT!!!:
The tech concepts here are actually very realistic. AI technology is advancing much faster than most people realize. There are robot servants in your immediate future and of course if you can build such things. It's natural for some to wonder how well they'd do on the battle field. Human soldiers will be obsolete in a few decades. That's not necessarily a bad thing as long as someone remembers to program them with Asimov's laws of robotics.3


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Eddie McMullen Jr.
SCIENCE MOMENT by
E.C.McMULLEN Jr.

1. FeoNote: Text-based aka Command line in Unix or DOS/MS-DOS was common for the majority of corporate computers when DEATH MACHINE was shot in 1993 and released in 1994. MS-DOS based Windows 3.1 (released in 1992) with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) was a 16-bit bug ridden, crash prone, OS and most major companies stayed with Unix or DOS. In fact, for Microsoft to garner more marketshare away from IBM's O/S2, 3.1 could easily switch back to DOS and allowed for most programs to run command line.

MS-DOS based Windows NT 3.1 was released in 1993 but was also bug ridden, slow, and all problems had to be solved via Command Line in DOS. For large corporations in particular, NT 3.1 also didn't support distributed storage architecture (vital for large corporations) and wouldn't until the release of the 32-bit switch from MS FAT to NSFT in the Windows 2000 OS.

James Cameron's endlessly frustrating problems with Windows NT is what made his entire cgi SFX team turn to command line Unix and Linux in 1997 for the movie TITANIC.

Relatively stable windows didn't emerge until the MS-DOS based Windows 95, released in August 24, 1995 and the market tip into wider corporate adoption of GUI didn't happen until 1999, just after the release of MS-DOS based Windows 98 (still suffering from the legendary "Blue Screen of Death").

"Where are their cell phones?"

2. Cell phones? In 1993? You mean the Motorola International 3300 bricks with one pound batteries, long antennas, and the 50 yard range that couldn't penetrate drywall? Or the IBM Simon? The world's first smart phone that was larger than most Walkie Talkies and featured a short battery life?

Without going into spoilers the movie addresses this question completely and makes it a humorous part of the story as well, right up to including a character so bad at their job that they only exacerbate the problem.

IBM Simon - 1992
The world's first Smartphone, the IBM Simon

Startup Story: The Amazing Invention Of The Cellphone

"It's natural for some to wonder how well (robots would) do on the battle field. Human soldiers will be obsolete in a few decades. That's not necessarily a bad thing as long as someone remembers to program them with Asimov's laws of robotics."

3. Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics would effectively render Robot soldiers useless.

This review copyright 2004 E.C.McMullen Jr.

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