Westworld Creators Think Their Dystopia Is Humanity’s Best Chance

David Crow Jul 21, 2019

Westworld showrunners talk development of AI technology, and how it might be better than our "artificial stupidity."

Westworld does not promise a happy future. Set in a distant but tangible tomorrow where everything is synthetic—and luxury is to feign Old West grit—the HBO series predicts a destiny where the best case scenario is we get replaced by the more humane AI we create. Even so, as we stand on the edge of learning exactly what kind of world would invent that AI in Westworld Season 3 (or “Westworld III”), series showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy seem more comfortable than ever with their science fiction dystopia becoming our reality. Hence why the world beyond the park looks so inviting to Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood). Like stars scattered across the ground.

“I like to say that when we started, Westworld was a dystopia,” Nolan says during the
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