Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness.
Years before Michael Crichton rose to fame with the dino-riffic Jurassic Park, the American novelist and director explored a different kind of technological tourist trap with his 1973 movie Westworld. Now, over four decades later, HBO has brought the movie to the small screen with the Westworld TV series. Starring James Marsden (27 Dresses, 30 Rock), Ed Harris (Apollo 13, The Way Back) and Luke Hemsworth (Blue Heelers, Neighbours), the show has already proven hugely popular and has become the most-watched original series on HBO.
As you might have guessed from the name, Westworld is set in an amusement park with a Wild West theme, but like all good sci-fi thrillers, there's a lot more happening under the surface than appearances suggest. If the prospect of gun-slinging androids, deadly conspiracies and the existential implications of simulating life has you reaching for your cowboy hat, you're in luck.
Matt Sayer is a technology writer and editorial engineer for Finder, combining industry expertise with data-driven solutions to help people make better decisions. His extensive portfolio spans investigate reporting on the roll-out of 5G, statistical analysis on the legacy of E3 and guides for popular products like mobile phones and smart speakers. Matt has a Bachelor of Computer Science from RMIT University and is passionate about finding ways that technology can better our lives.
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