Episode 1

The virus plaguing the androids is called “Cogito”. The phrase “Cogito, ergo sum” is a well-known statement made by René Descartes (1596-1650), also known as Cartesius, a noted French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. Descartes only claims the certainty of his own existence from the first-person point of view – he has not proved the existence of other minds. Also, he is not saying that his existence is necessary; he is saying that if he’s thinking, then he necessarily exists.

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Inside Regent Donov Mayer’s chamber, the statue of two reclining figures on the right is based on Michelangelo’s Night and Day statue. In the series, the female figure (Night) represents the voice of Lacan and the male figure (Day) the voice of Husserl.

The statue on the left is based on Michelangelo’s Twilight and Dawn statue. In the series, the female figure (Dawn) represents the voice of Derrida and the male figure (Twilight) the voice of Berkeley.

Edmund Gustav Albrecht Husserl (1859-1938) was a German philosopher, known as the “father” of phenomenology.

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was an Algerian-born French literary critic and philosopher of Jewish descent, most often referenced as the founder of “deconstruction.”

Jacques-Marie-Émile Lacan (1901-1981) was a French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist. His interdisciplinary work has led him to be an important figure in many fields particularly within critical theory.

George Berkeley (1685-1753), also known as Bishop Berkeley, was an influential Irish philosopher whose primary philosophical achievement is the advancement of what has come to be called subjective idealism, summed up his dictum, “Esse est percipi” (“To be is to be perceived”).

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Entourages are installed with the Turing Application program, allowing normal human-like conversation between the user and Entourage. This is named after Alan Turing, who proposed the Turing Test as a test of AI sentience.

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