Albert Einstein said: “Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of pathological criminal.” Took me awhile, but I finally see his point. How often have we chased the dream of progress, only to see that dream perveted? More often than not, haven’t the machines we built to improve life shattered the lives of millions? And now we want to turn that dream on ourselves, to fundamentally improve who we are. Experience has shown me how dangerous that can be. How many times, in the call of duty, did I almost fall into the trap of taking shortcuts, abusing my abilities or the resources at hand? I resisted - barely at times - because I valued human lives and considerations. But can I truly despise others who fall? Technology offers us strength, strength enables dominance, and dominance paves the way for abuse. Darrow understood this. He knew that using technology to become something more than we are risks losing our ability to love, aspire, or make moral choices - the very things that make us Human. It also risks giving some men the power to make others what they choose - regardless of the cost to human dignity. The suffering Darrow inflicted is not the end of the world. It is merely the seed for change. And change never comes without pain.
Adam Jensen - Deus Ex Human Revolution - Darrow Ending (via deadbylead)
“When you get right down to it, geniuses and heroes are pretty much dependent on a third party’s point of view. To convince people that a hero is actually a hero, you need a response from onlookers. And it’s the content of that response that will either raise the hero to great heights or cast him down to the ground. That’s entirely dependent on luck.”
The first part, “Ghost Pain,” will run in Japanese theaters for two weeks starting on Saturday, June 22. There will be advance Blu-ray Disc copies with a bundled scenario book available at participating theaters for 8,000 yen (about US$85). There will also be paid streaming of the project, at least in Japan. The general retail release of the first part’s Blu-ray Disc and DVD will be on July 26.
Series composition and scriptwriter Tow Ubukata confirmed during the broadcast that the show will be a prequel series featuring Motoko when she was younger.
During the hour-long presentation, Production I.G co-founder Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Satoshi Endō from Kadokawa ASCII Research Laboratories Inc., and Takeshi Natsuno, professor at Keio University’s Graduate School of Media and Governance, spoke about the science and technology of the Ghost in the Shell franchise, and discussed how today’s technology is not too far off from the technology featured in the series.
Update: Added additional information from presentation and embedded official video.
Update 2: The official website also updated with more staff announcements.