Broadsheet Trailer Park: Automata



What you may need to know:

1. Sci-fi set in 2044. Solar storms have turned the world’s surface into a radioactive desert and decimated the population to 21 million. Robots carry out the manual labour necessary for humankind’s survival.

2. Insurance guy Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) investigates a robot that’s broken one of the security protocols (ie. Asimov’s laws) designed to protect their human overlords.

3. A cross between Blade Runner (1982) and I, Robot (2004) that’s not based on a story by Philip K. Dick? Strange.

Kudos to sophomore director Gabe Ibáñez for taking a modest $15m budget and making it look like a lot more.

5. 2044 and no flying cars or hoverboards? Come on science, step up.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: Linguo… dead?

Release Date:
October 10 (US).

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15 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: Automata

  1. Aido

    Okay, someone has to be *that guy* – Decimation literally means ‘removal of at tenth’ – would be much cooler (and accurate) to say ‘and near-annihiliated the Earth’s population’

    1. Tom Stewart

      Language evolves dude. There’s a strong argument for “it a word means X to the vast majority of people, then X is what the word means”. I have never heard “decimation” used in the literal way you mean, but only in the way intended by OP.

      Another example: “incredible” literally means “something that cannot be believed”, but we all now use it to mean something astonishing.

      You cannot fix a language in time, try as you might.

      1. Aido

        I agree, language evolves, and even the Oxford Dictionary says it means to remove a ‘large proportion of’. But decimate has such a cool and logical meaning in it’s orginal form that I feel the need to defend it: as a word it’s mostly useless but occasionally brilliantly specific.

        Puts on spectacles, gets into motorcar and perambulates back to the museum of defunct words where I figuratively can’t even.

        1. Tom Stewart

          Sure, that’s a point. There are plenty words to describe what OP means (when he uses decimate) but none now to describe the meaning you talk about. So that’s a pity.

          But the fact that a language pedant like me has never heard of this in his 30 years suggests that the battle for retention of the original meaning of decimate may have already been lost…

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