Does Peter still have all that data inside him? Or did Bernard steal the code before Charlotte's men arrived?
Herthum: I don't know! [Laughs] Bernard was already unstable. But Peter is acting the way he is because he's got all of that data inside of him, and the size of that data -- "35 years of vitally important data" -- is more than the host constructs. It's the data that they got from the guests as well. Behavioral type stuff? DNA files, I guess? When they downloaded all of that, I don't think this made the final cut, but Charlotte Hale told [Lee] Sizemore that he'd only have about 5 megabytes left to give Peter a personality. That's all that would fit. So if Bernard had all that data in him, he wouldn't function any better than Peter was. That would be my guess.
It's interesting, though, because this all connects to this season's larger theme of personal data collection.
Herthum: How about that?! I keep saying, "Westworld is a cautionary tale." There's no way that they could have known what was going to happen with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, because we shot all of this months ago. I was like, "My God, these people are brilliant." I had people gathered to watch the first episode of Westworld, took a photograph, put it on Instagram, which also copied to my Facebook, and a couple of people said, "Tag me on that." So I went to my computer, and it had only been there for less than a minute, I put my cursor over the faces of these people, and it recognized them! Instantly! It said, "Do you want to tag Sean? Do you want to tag Brett?" And that's the first time that I realized that Facebook has face recognition.
And the whole thing with getting the guests' DNA. Being fingerprinted used to be a bad thing: "Oh my God, I got arrested, and I had to get fingerprinted." Now we just give it to them. I have a 23andMe DNA kit, and I have an AncestryDNA kit, both that were gifts, and I haven't done it. If you read the privacy disclosure thing, it's like, not private! [Laughs] It's like, "We might use this." I went to Century City [in Los Angeles] to meet somebody for lunch, paid for my parking, and when I pulled up to the gate to leave, before I could even put the ticket in the little thing, the gate opened. There was a woman standing right by the gate, and I said, "Darn! If I had known the gate was open, I could have saved $4," kind of kidding with her. And she said, "Oh, no. It recognized your license plate. It knows you've already paid." I went, "What?!" And sure enough, there was my license plate number printed on my ticket.
Elon Musk says that A.I. could very well destroy us one day, and not even maliciously -- just because it's more logical. One day, somebody is going to have to decide, "I'm going to pull the plug on the grid." Let's think about how many things online we depend on, and if we'd be sort of lost.