In the video excerpt shown here, the newly appointed director of the Institute, Dr. Fred Stiller, enters the simulation to investigate a sudden death (the Institute’s previous director) and a rogue unit named Einstein. Einstein has become self-aware and realizes that he is a simulation. He begs Stiller to take him to the real world.
The notion of a hidden, simulated world is a consistent trope in the narratives of artificial intelligence. World on a Wire tells the story of a scientific institute that uses a simulation program to predict the future of steel prices for a giant corporation. And its source material, Galouye’s Simulacron-3, pointed to the world of marketing and its use of simulations to predict trends. Both drew on a growing public awareness of the power of computing and the manipulation of public opinion in real life through entities such as the Simulmatics Corporation, which played a critical role in American politics and the Vietnam War during the 1960s.
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Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Welt am Draht [World on a Wire], Part 1 (excerpts), 1973, 16 mm film transferred to video, Janus Films