TED 2023

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.


Peter Weyland’s TED Talk Directed by Luke Scott
Our viral marketing strategy launched in February at TED’s global conference in Long Beach. Peter Weyland (played by Guy Pearce) vowed to change the world at a TEDtalk from the future in 2023 directed by RSA’s own Luke Scott. Posted on the homepage of TED’s website, Weyland is described as “a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade.” If we can, we must.
In March, Prometheus popped up at WonderCon, an annual comic book, science fiction, and entertainment convention. Attendees were given a futuristic Weyland Industries business card that contained a phone number for the company. Those that called that number were texted a video of the unboxing of this aforementioned “humanoid robotic system.”


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Weyland Business Card Fan Reaction

Further Analysis

Ted 2023 + Advent Parallels

“I am a law only for my kind. I am no law for all.”

Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Frederick Nietzsche

Sir Peter Weyland before his TED Talk invokes Frederick Nietzsche’s philosophy by repeating it to himself like a mantra. The sentence is from ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’

The book entails several ideas about life’s meaning, proposing the way mankind should live. One of the first ideas mentioned is the Overman or the Ubermensch, someone believed to be a great-souled person who has the ability to rise above their current conditions and embrace whatever life throws at them.

The quote in its exact entirety is:

“I am a law only for my own; I am not a law for all. He, however, who belongeth unto me must be strong of bone and light of foot,

Joyous in fight and feast, no sulker, no John’o’Dreams, ready for the hardest task, as for the feast, healthy and hale.

The best belongeth unto mine and me; and if it not, be not given to us, then do we take it: – the best food, the purest sky, the strongest thoughts, the fairest women.”

Weyland considers himself an Ubermensch, in his speech he talks of the major evolutionary and technological advancements of mankind, advancements his company were able to make. Part of Nietzsche’s philosophy is that the ubermensch would be the next evolution of man, and having the ability to “create cybernetic individuals,”  Weyland does exactly this.

The Ubermensch is romantically described as ‘‘strong of bone and light of foot‘ and David 8 embodies these traits literally. His body is made with a cadmium endoskeleton and in Alien: Covenant, Walter noticed he has a light step.

Even the description of the David 8 synthetic says any task you give him, he will see it through. Ideally embracing whatever challenges he faces.

Lawrence of Arabia


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Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche deals with ideas such as the eternal recurrence, the parable of the death of God, and the prophecy of the Übermensch, which were first introduced in The Gay Science. – whatis10.11.12.com

Übermensch translated from German to English means Superman, within German philosophy, it takes on the meaning of a superior man, who would not be a product of long evolution; but would emerge when any man with superior potential completely masters their own destiny and strikes off conventional “herd morality” to create their own values. 

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, I.18; Lampert, Nietzsche’s; Rosen, Mask of Enlightenment

Weyland then gives us an example of the ‘contemporary’ Übermenschian figure, T.E.Lawrence. The story of Lawrence of Arabia becomes important, not just because of Weyland idolising him. But because his creation, David begins to take on Weyland’s belief. His ‘programming’ and it determines the outcome of what we see in Alien: Covenant. Like the works of Nietzsche, Weyland’s beliefs and intentions are skewed to fit what David regards as becoming a creator. A god. 

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness) and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif), Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port.


David also had knowledge of the Engineer’s language just as Lawrence did of the Bedouin. Journeying to LV223, a desert planet to serve as a liaison between Sir Peter Weyland and the Engineers just as Lawrence did. With the aid of the Alien Pathogen, utilising a weapon belonging to someone else he rebels against his creators. Just as Lawrence attacked the port, David laid waste to Planet 4. All of these parallels similarly fit within different mythologies as well.

T.E. Lawrence, eponymously of Arabia, but very much an Englishman favoured pinching a burning match between his fingers to put it out. When asked by his colleague, William Potter, to reveal his trick — how is it he so effectively extinguished the flame without hurting himself whatsoever — Lawrence just smiled and said, “The trick, Potter, is not minding it hurts.”

The fire that danced at the end of that match was a gift from the Titan, Prometheus, a gift that he stole from the gods. Who were frightened of what we might do with it, if it were to fall in our hairy little paws. When Prometheus was caught and brought to justice for his theft, the gods, well, you might say they overreacted a little. The poor man was tied to a rock as an eagle ripped through his belly and ate his liver over and over, day after day, ad infinitum. All because he gave us fire, our first true piece of technology: Fire. Such a very long time ago, which begs the question, what have we done with it?

100,000 BC: Stone tools. 4,000 BC: The wheel. 800 BC Sundial 9th century AD: Gunpowder. Bit of a game-changer, that one. 1441 The Printing Press, only slightly less impactful, 19th century: Steam Engine, Railway, Eureka! The light bulb!! 20th century: The automobile, television, nuclear weapons, spacecraft, Internet. 21st century: Biotech, nanotech, fusion and fission, and M-theory — and that was just the first decade. We are now three months into the year of our Lord, 2023. At this moment in our civilization, we are on the verge of terraforming planets only undiscovered just a decade ago, we have identified the genetic chain of events behind 98% of cancers, a chain we have broken, effectively curing them, we can create cybernetic individuals who, in just a few short years, will be completely indistinguishable from us. Which leads to an obvious conclusion: We are the gods now.

I haven’t been struck down, I’ll take that to mean I am right. We wield an incredible power, to transform, to destroy and to create again, the question of course before is is what are we allowed to do with this power? Or more importantly one should ask, what are we allowed to do with this power? The answer to that my friends is nothing. Rules, restrictions, laws, ethical guidelines, all but forbidding us from moving forward, where were the ethics during the Arabian conflicts, why are rules preventing us from feeding impoverished cultures? why is there a law that states if we build a man from wires and metal, a man who will never grow old, a man who will never feel the heat of a star or the cold of the moon, how is the creation of an incredible individual considered unnatural? The answer to all these questions is simple. These rules exist because the people who created them were afraid of what would happen if they didn’t! Well, I am not afraid! For those of you who know me, you will be aware by now that my ambition is unlimited. You know that I will settle for nothing short of greatness, or I will die trying. For those of you who do not yet know me, allow me to introduce myself: My name is Peter Weyland. And if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to change the world.”

TED 2023, Sir Peter Weyland