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A fictional TED talk from the year 2023 has been released today as a viral promotion for Prometheus, confirming what we heard a few weeks ago. TED is a non profit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. In this talk, Peter Weyland from Weyland Industries (played by Guy Pearce), talks us about his own technological ambition, humankind and Prometheus. The video was conceived and designed by Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof and directed by Luke Scott. You can watch the talk below. Alternatively you can download it in HD here.

Fox has also launched a new promotional website named after Weyland Industries: www.weylandindustries.com. In which they have included the following blurb: “Considered a seminal moment in the career of our founder Peter Weyland, this 2023 TED Talk launched Weyland Corp into the international spotlight.

In honor of our 50th year, Weyland Corp is planning to offer a new round of investment soon. Interested parties can expect to find out more within the next few days. #weylandinvestors

The official TED site includes two additional blurbs about Peter Weyland and his talk. Make sure to read them after the cut!

Update: TED has posted up a Q&A with Damon Lindelof about his work on the viral marketing campaign. It has also been confirmed that the video was made for promotion only and won’t be in the movie.

Additionally, Jon Spaihts has commented on the TED talk, Weyland and canon via twitter, stating the following: “We tried not to violate canon wherever possible; but the canon’s not completely coherent and in the end story wins.”

Peter Weyland has been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade.

Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, “If we can, we must.” After a three year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he’s heading next. Wherever that may be, we will most certainly want to follow.”

Sir Peter Weyland was born in Mumbai, India at the turn of the Millennium. The progeny of two brilliant parents; His mother, an Oxford Educated Professor of Comparative Mythology, his father, a self-taught software Engineer, it was clear from an early age that Sir Peter’s capabilities would only be eclipsed by his ambition to realize them. By the age of fourteen, he had already registered a dozen patents in a wide range of fields from biotech to robotics, but it would be his dynamic break-throughs in generating synthetic atmosphere above the polar ice cap that gained him worldwide recognition and spawned an empire.”

In less than a decade, Weyland Corporation became a worldwide leader in emerging technologies and launched the first privatized industrial mission to leave the planet Earth. “There are other worlds than this one,” Sir Peter boldly declared, “And if there is no air to breathe, we will simply have to make it.


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  1. That chair looks like it has a control panel wrapping around the front of it. You can see the platform has a section of it that curves back into the centre and then back out again right in front of where the chair is.
    Also, it appears there is the same sort of setup on the opposite side of the platform. Next to David you can see the outline of the chair.
    Lastly, if you look at the chair you can see that there is a slot in the ground that it must slide backwards and forwards in.

    When David first enters the room everything is dormant, the only light is that of his flashlight and what comes through the dome. In fornt of him a set of steps is cut into a circular platform with four sealed sarcophagi. He (or something) activates the machinery, a covering between two of the sarcophagi slides apart revealing a control desk and an egg-shaped chair slides from the outer wall. David activates the control panel bringing up the holographic imagery...
  2. One thing I am liking about this is at least the chair and the sarcophagi look as if those intended to sit in them would dwarf the person standing in the center. If this is assumed to be David, and from what I can tell Fassbender himself is a rather tall individual, we can at least have reason to believe the jockeys/gods/engineers/etc will be quite large :)
  3. Looking at the updated website. I'm not sure I really like the idea of making the Weyland Corporation this tangible, touchable entity with answers. In some ways it's better and more interesting to have the faceless evil.

    Just don't pay the viral stuff too much attention then. I doubt there'll be too much of this sort of detail in the movie, the idea is just to drum up interest.

    If that flickering star isn't morse code then it's damn well trying to lead us on a wild goose chase, because it's on a loop (I think) and the pattern fits entirely with morse code. It also stops blinking all together after a while.

    I'll be damned if I can get much though. Not sure why but I'm finding it very very hard to keep track. The ones I'm surest of (and I don't know where they come in the sequence) is a 5 followed by an L. That's come back consistently every time I've tried to keep track.

    More to follow no doubt, and of course this could easily be a wild goose chase even if it IS morse code!

    The star is morse code. It has been solved. It contains the Wow! code.

    Put the wow code at the end of the URL and you will find the concept art prize ;)

    Thanks, yeah I've been looking at all this stuff on another thread. At least I was right about the 5!!
  4. That chair looks like it has a control panel wrapping around the front of it. You can see the platform has a section of it that curves back into the centre and then back out again right in front of where the chair is.
    Also, it appears there is the same sort of setup on the opposite side of the platform. Next to David you can see the outline of the chair.
    Lastly, if you look at the chair you can see that there is a slot in the ground that it must slide backwards and forwards in.
  5. Looking at the updated website. I'm not sure I really like the idea of making the Weyland Corporation this tangible, touchable entity with answers. In some ways it's better and more interesting to have the faceless evil.

    Just don't pay the viral stuff too much attention then. I doubt there'll be too much of this sort of detail in the movie, the idea is just to drum up interest.

    If that flickering star isn't morse code then it's damn well trying to lead us on a wild goose chase, because it's on a loop (I think) and the pattern fits entirely with morse code. It also stops blinking all together after a while.

    I'll be damned if I can get much though. Not sure why but I'm finding it very very hard to keep track. The ones I'm surest of (and I don't know where they come in the sequence) is a 5 followed by an L. That's come back consistently every time I've tried to keep track.

    More to follow no doubt, and of course this could easily be a wild goose chase even if it IS morse code!

    The star is morse code. It has been solved. It contains the Wow! code.

    Put the wow code at the end of the URL and you will find the concept art prize ;)

    link?

    https://www.weylandindustries.com/6EQUJ5/

    tbh it looks like a still from the movie than concept art
  6. Looking at the updated website. I'm not sure I really like the idea of making the Weyland Corporation this tangible, touchable entity with answers. In some ways it's better and more interesting to have the faceless evil.

    Just don't pay the viral stuff too much attention then. I doubt there'll be too much of this sort of detail in the movie, the idea is just to drum up interest.

    If that flickering star isn't morse code then it's damn well trying to lead us on a wild goose chase, because it's on a loop (I think) and the pattern fits entirely with morse code. It also stops blinking all together after a while.

    I'll be damned if I can get much though. Not sure why but I'm finding it very very hard to keep track. The ones I'm surest of (and I don't know where they come in the sequence) is a 5 followed by an L. That's come back consistently every time I've tried to keep track.

    More to follow no doubt, and of course this could easily be a wild goose chase even if it IS morse code!

    The star is morse code. It has been solved. It contains the Wow! code.

    Put the wow code at the end of the URL and you will find the concept art prize ;)

    link?
  7. The website treats 'Corp' and 'Industries' as interchangeable terms.

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    In Alien, and subsequent chronological films, it's Weyland-Yutani

    Weylan-Yutani in the first one.

    SM, if there were a thumbs up button, you'd be getting quite a few from me.

    I don't mean to disrespect the fact that HybridNewborn noticed what was correct about my earlier post after someone dismissed it and I thank HybridNewborn for pointing that out along with what seems to be the chronological order of the company's name, and almost got the original version of the company's name right but not quite right enough, so as to have to be corrected by someone else on a slight detail. But I find it horridly amusing that a little detail has to be fully unveiled by someone else in all these masses of details although chronologically speaking there wouldn't be an imaginable reason to have changed it from Weyland to Weylan and back to Weyland.
  8. Looking at the updated website. I'm not sure I really like the idea of making the Weyland Corporation this tangible, touchable entity with answers. In some ways it's better and more interesting to have the faceless evil.

    Just don't pay the viral stuff too much attention then. I doubt there'll be too much of this sort of detail in the movie, the idea is just to drum up interest.

    If that flickering star isn't morse code then it's damn well trying to lead us on a wild goose chase, because it's on a loop (I think) and the pattern fits entirely with morse code. It also stops blinking all together after a while.

    I'll be damned if I can get much though. Not sure why but I'm finding it very very hard to keep track. The ones I'm surest of (and I don't know where they come in the sequence) is a 5 followed by an L. That's come back consistently every time I've tried to keep track.

    More to follow no doubt, and of course this could easily be a wild goose chase even if it IS morse code!

    The star is morse code. It has been solved. It contains the Wow! code.

    Put the wow code at the end of the URL and you will find the concept art prize ;)
  9. So, i think the Weyland Industries and the Yutani Industries are not fusioned to Wayland-Yutani Corporations, yet. I hope we'll watch the fusion, in the Prometheus sequel, maybe.
  10. The website treats 'Corp' and 'Industries' as interchangeable terms.

    Quote
    In Alien, and subsequent chronological films, it's Weyland-Yutani

    Weylan-Yutani in the first one.
  11. What would you all think if all the Weyland technology is stolen from the gods?

    well, it certainly looks as if they're going to have to find a previously unrealised technology to get the spacetugs tramping around the galaxy ten years before 2079 or whenever Alien is set. Ridley thought it was rather cheeky to imagine technology leaping that far so soon when he was asked about it during the Blade Runner interviews so perhaps that technology might have to leap into the story from somewhere else


    I think it's curious that Weyland Industries from AVP is being used as part of the viral promotion. Do they intend to use it as part of the movie's actual cannon though?

    It's not form AVP. Its origin is from the FIRST Alien film directed by Ridley Scott.

    In Alien, and subsequent chronological films, it's Weyland-Yutani. In Alien vs Predator it was simply Weyland Industries which is what the web address is in the Prometheus viral site, even though the logo on the site says Weyland Corp, and the logos we see on the uniforms in the movie trailer say Weyland Mega-Corp. Obviously the company name changes over time.
  12. What would you all think if all the Weyland technology is stolen from the gods?

    well, it certainly looks as if they're going to have to find a previously unrealised technology to get the spacetugs tramping around the galaxy ten years before 2079 or whenever Alien is set. Ridley thought it was rather cheeky to imagine technology leaping that far so soon when he was asked about it during the Blade Runner interviews so perhaps that technology might have to leap into the story from somewhere else


    I think it's curious that Weyland Industries from AVP is being used as part of the viral promotion. Do they intend to use it as part of the movie's actual cannon though?

    It's not form AVP. Its origin is from the FIRST Alien film directed by Ridley Scott.
  13. Sorry if I missed this already. Do any of you rememner that piece of paper that was found after a Prometheus shooting was finished that had some illustrations of a figure (many speculated that this was Weyland) talking to a large crowd. Does anyone still have the link to the pic of that partial sotry board that was found?
  14. So Weyland is the Prometheus figure ?
    The mining activities mentioned in the Weyland website refer to the solar system. Is the secret for FTL travel discovered in the archeological dig in Petra along with the coordinates for the Space Jockey's world ? Which would account for mankind's early foray into the galaxy.
    That does not explain why they find a giant human head in the alien base / spaceship, and why it bears a strange resemblance with Guy Pearce.

    FTL travel = Time travel, ergo Weyland (Pearce) is the Engineer/Jockey. !MYTH CRACKED!
  15. Weyland's listings of tech developments through the ages may hint at the Engineer's repeated visits to our world or that more likely plot-wise, we have been discovering alien tech left by the Engineer for some time.

    It could be wholely possible that we were built to be as we are as part of a larger grand scheme.
  16. What would you all think if all the Weyland technology is stolen from the gods ?

    well, it certainly looks as if they're going to have to find a previously unrealised technology to get the spacetugs tramping around the galaxy ten years before 2079 or whenever Alien is set. Ridley thought it was rather cheeky to imagine technology leaping that far so soon when he was asked about it during the Blade Runner interviews so perhaps that technology might have to leap into the story from somewhere else

    So Weyland is the Prometheus figure ?
    The mining activities mentioned in the Weyland website refer to the solar system. Is the secret for FTL travel discovered in the archeological dig in Petra along with the coordinates for the Space Jockey's world ? Which would account for mankind's early foray into the galaxy.
    That does not explain why they find a giant human head in the alien base / spaceship, and why it bears a strange resemblance with Guy Pearce.
  17. I don't like that in 50 years they are already "Building better worlds" throughout the solar system. It's far too quick. The idea that they are building worlds works in ALIENS because it's set over 50 years after ALIEN.

    I was really hoping that this movie would be the FIRST deep space mission that the human race has undertook. Now that's lost for me. And the whole thing is far too Dharma Initiative. I don't like the modern world featuring in an ALIEN movie through the Internet.

    50 years is too quick to be having colonies in the solar system?  Why?
    Worth mentioning that the new info on the Weyland website could relate back to the "when does 'Aliens: Cauldron' take place?" discussion we were having in the Literature subforum - evidently Weyland Industries had over 60 colonies as early as 2073. I'll cross-post this in the Cauldron thread so we don't derail this thread.
  18. Looking at the updated website. I'm not sure I really like the idea of making the Weyland Corporation this tangible, touchable entity with answers. In some ways it's better and more interesting to have the faceless evil.
    Have to say I agree. :-\

    Hey, I found the info email and I'm scared to send something to them.

    Looking at the updated website. I'm not sure I really like the idea of making the Weyland Corporation this tangible, touchable entity with answers. In some ways it's better and more interesting to have the faceless evil.

    Just don't pay the viral stuff too much attention then. I doubt there'll be too much of this sort of detail in the movie, the idea is just to drum up interest.

    If that flickering star isn't morse code then it's damn well trying to lead us on a wild goose chase, because it's on a loop (I think) and the pattern fits entirely with morse code. It also stops blinking all together after a while.

    I'll be damned if I can get much though. Not sure why but I'm finding it very very hard to keep track. The ones I'm surest of (and I don't know where they come in the sequence) is a 5 followed by an L. That's come back consistently every time I've tried to keep track.

    More to follow no doubt, and of course this could easily be a wild goose chase even if it IS morse code!

    The rumored coordinates to the alien planet uncovered during the reported archaeological dig, maybe?
  19. Looking at the updated website. I'm not sure I really like the idea of making the Weyland Corporation this tangible, touchable entity with answers. In some ways it's better and more interesting to have the faceless evil.

    Just don't pay the viral stuff too much attention then. I doubt there'll be too much of this sort of detail in the movie, the idea is just to drum up interest.

    If that flickering star isn't morse code then it's damn well trying to lead us on a wild goose chase, because it's on a loop (I think) and the pattern fits entirely with morse code. It also stops blinking all together after a while.

    I'll be damned if I can get much though. Not sure why but I'm finding it very very hard to keep track. The ones I'm surest of (and I don't know where they come in the sequence) is a 5 followed by an L. That's come back consistently every time I've tried to keep track.

    More to follow no doubt, and of course this could easily be a wild goose chase even if it IS morse code!
  20. What would you all think if all the Weyland technology is stolen from the gods?

    well, it certainly looks as if they're going to have to find a previously unrealised technology to get the spacetugs tramping around the galaxy ten years before 2079 or whenever Alien is set. Ridley thought it was rather cheeky to imagine technology leaping that far so soon when he was asked about it during the Blade Runner interviews so perhaps that technology might have to leap into the story from somewhere else


    I think it's curious that Weyland Industries from AVP is being used as part of the viral promotion. Do they intend to use it as part of the movie's actual cannon though?
  21. Mining, hence the Nostromo. And remember that the viral is suggesting that Peter Weyland reveals something world changing so using the world as it is now as a starting point is useless IMO. Something big changes it into the fictional world of the Alien series.
    There ain't exactly much to mine in our solar system, unless we want to go destroy Mars looking for oil :P
    I really hope that "big change" is sufficiently plausible :-\

    I never quite saw the point of the Nostromo, why send a ship light years from Earth when we have more than enough asteroids in our own back yard.

    assuming we haven't mined them all already?

    A single asteroid could contain more precious metals than all that has been mined from the Earth in our history. And as there are thousands of asteroids...

    what if they are all already owned by other companies? what if there was a massive war that destroyed many of them? what if our assumptions on their composition are wrong? or perhaps there's something specific that our asteroids don't have much of, but other ones in other systems do? since it is never mentioned we can never know, but you just have to suspend your disbelief.
  22. Of course, you're view is probably more optimistic. I guess we'll just have to see what happens :P A more interesting argument is whether we should even start moving out into space in the first place...

    The answer to that is easy. Yes. We either do, or the human race dies. There's no if about it. It's a when. The dinosaurs are our warning.

    I consider the economic downturn to be exactly what it is. A temporary, painful thing we have to go through. We've seen this before. Economies go up, they go down, they come back up again. The only difference is the severity and length in the dips and spikes. We'll come back up again. Faster, if we find someone who creates something revolutionary. (Creates something that plants the seeds for new industry). Something like a new power source.

    So I think in that respect the movie/this viral video are not too far off the track from what we need. A man with vision and ambition. (we need many men and women like that willing to put their hears, minds, and money into space.)
  23. Mining, hence the Nostromo. And remember that the viral is suggesting that Peter Weyland reveals something world changing so using the world as it is now as a starting point is useless IMO. Something big changes it into the fictional world of the Alien series.
    There ain't exactly much to mine in our solar system, unless we want to go destroy Mars looking for oil :P
    I really hope that "big change" is sufficiently plausible :-\

    I never quite saw the point of the Nostromo, why send a ship light years from Earth when we have more than enough asteroids in our own back yard.

    assuming we haven't mined them all already?

    A single asteroid could contain more precious metals than all that has been mined from the Earth in our history. And as there are thousands of asteroids...
  24. If I am an engineer, speculating on the kinds of dangers we may face in deep space exploration, you can bet your sweet bippy that I am going to make armor that can resist bullets, intense heat and... oh, yes, and ACID too.
    I'll re-iterate: an acid which is the blood of an otherwordly creature we have never had the chance to analyze properly?

    Acids be acids. It must be some other corrosive substance. The humans call it an acid because that's how it appears to them. Unless the future military isn't ready for Teflon.

    -Chris
  25. As an aside, I feel it is entirely mandatory for us to go further out into space in the future, even if its only colonising Mars and some moons of Jupiter; one day our Sun is going to peter out and die, taking Mercury, Venus and Earth with it.

    With the sun gone aswell, even if we have colonised as far as Jupiter's moons, we still have to think about the problems of no heat and light from the Sun, no solar energy and an alternative has to be found.

    A great story in the manga 2001 Nights had a ship travel protected in an asteroid of ice at STL speed to find another Earth-like planet to colonise. The humans on the ship were frozen samples to be made into fetus' and raised on ship by androids when they reached a planet and spent some time in orbit until the babies grew to a suitable age.

    Heres the twist;
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

     8) In all seriousness though, we are a doomed race if we do not reach out to space to move home before our Sun dies.
  26. Mining, hence the Nostromo. And remember that the viral is suggesting that Peter Weyland reveals something world changing so using the world as it is now as a starting point is useless IMO. Something big changes it into the fictional world of the Alien series.
    There ain't exactly much to mine in our solar system, unless we want to go destroy Mars looking for oil :P
    I really hope that "big change" is sufficiently plausible :-\

    I never quite saw the point of the Nostromo, why send a ship light years from Earth when we have more than enough asteroids in our own back yard.

    assuming we haven't mined them all already?
  27. Mining, hence the Nostromo. And remember that the viral is suggesting that Peter Weyland reveals something world changing so using the world as it is now as a starting point is useless IMO. Something big changes it into the fictional world of the Alien series.
    There ain't exactly much to mine in our solar system, unless we want to go destroy Mars looking for oil :P
    I really hope that "big change" is sufficiently plausible :-\

    I never quite saw the point of the Nostromo, why send a ship light years from Earth when we have more than enough asteroids in our own back yard.
  28. Companies have been talking the same talk since the 90's--if not before. And it has never come to fruition. Talk is cheap. There is not enough demand for private spaceflight, especially in this economy. Take, for example, Bigelow Aerospace, whom the press was all excited for--Private spaceflight! Manned space habitats! Ain't gonna happen. The company laid off many of its employees last year, and came out and said there is no chance of their goals being achieved anytime soon, at least not within the next decade.

    Let's face it--there is no money in space. When corporations can conceivably find a way to make lots and lots of money in space to pay for the insane amounts of cash it's going to take to build all these ships, life support systems, habitats, terraforming technologies, etc, then maybe we'll have a future beyond this planet. But for the time being, in the decades to come the only people going up into space are going to be super-rich blowhard tourists and an increasingly dwindling number of scientists.

    Of course, you're view is probably more optimistic. I guess we'll just have to see what happens :P A more interesting argument is whether we should even start moving out into space in the first place...

    The cold, harsh reality of space exploration. Urgh, that was painful to read but true. :(
  29. There ain't exactly much to mine in our solar system, unless we want to go destroy Mars looking for oil :P
    I really hope that "big change" is sufficiently plausible :-\

    I think the bajillion rocks that have crashed into Mars and whatever ancient atmosphere the planet had that is so very thin these days have already "destroyed" Mars. Unless you're really implying the barren rock is somehow sacred with this sarcastic remark.

    I say drill the Hell out of Mars!

    Mining is actually exactly what Mars needs. Anything to create more greenhouse gases and thicken that atmosphere up.

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