In the commercial world at least, the failed promises of the AI Winter continue to haunt AI research, as the New York Times reported in 2005: “Computer scientists and software engineers avoided the term artificial intelligence for fear of being viewed as wild-eyed dreamers.”

 

Deus Ex

“I wanted to tell a story with the players, just the way Bruce Sterling had told a story with me and with my friends.”

Warren Spector and some friends started a game of D&D in 1978, Bruce Sterling was their DM, and that was the starting point — for Deus Ex & also his “entire career” (as he says) has been about to recreate the feeling he had when playing that first game of D&D, his “life mission”.

Warren Spector’s Deux Ex Postmortem at GDC

(There are great parts in this talk, and after only 1 hour of it, i know i could have listened to Warren Spector for 4 more hours.)

“In a sense Thomas Pynchon, J.G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick predicted Brian Eno: Pynchon with his image of electronic sound as ambient entertainment; Ballard with his scenes of Vermilion Sands’ cloud sculptors and sonic statue salesmen; Dick with his musical reverie technology.”