The Man Machine Fairy Tale

The Man Machine Fairy Tale

Read the brothers Grimm fairy tales


Our man machine fairy s

tale animation was inspired

by the Three Feathers, one

of the classic brothers

Grimm fairy tales. 

The Three Feather is a mild

story, using the traditional 

symbol of life and their 

typical fairy tale meaning

under social and psychological interpretation.

We kept that framework intact but added a dramatic transfiguration to reflect the inescapable man machine symbiosis... the future human evolution?

Watch AI Transhumanism


Spielberg's A.I. movie is the

master piece, when talking

about the meaning of life

for artificial intelligence. ​

Of course it is Hollywood but

still avisually spectacular,

emotionally moving, and mentally arousing modern fairy tale animation about the quest of a little, unloved robot boy programmed to love its owner. AI explores the traditional social and psychological fairy tale meaning while pushing our emotions deep down to its core with an amazing vision of future human evolution.

Soundtrack for Fairy Tale Animation 

"Fairy tales to me are never happy, sweet stories. They're moral stories about overcoming the dark side and the bad" Joe Wright

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All visuals were selected, edited, animated and colored by to form the following sequences of our original 90-second-short video:

  1. Fairy Tale Animation: The classic role of the king is taken by a computer in our man machine fairy tale. Animation of Il Guercino paintings of gods or kings were used to personify the machine. The first fairy tale animation was made from 'God the Father and Angel.' Il Guercino was the nickname of Italian baroque painter Giovan Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666).
  2. Life Extension Story: Another Guercino painting of God in a meditation posture, with 3 fingers up, as if calling the 3 tasks. We added the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, at sunset to emphasize the end of the king's reign.
  3. Animations of Il Guercino paintings: 3 Guercino paintings combined to show the king pointing the direction to the 3 princes: 'King David Presents a Letter to Uriah,' 'Paesaggio al chiaro di luna con carrozza,' 'Semiramis receiving the news of the revolt of Babylon.'
  4. Symbol of Life: In the next sequence, the castle is made of aerial views of Peyrepertuse and Puilaurens in France. The witch is a drawing from the collection of Il Guercino paintings called 'A Sybil holding a scroll' - the scroll was replaced by a carpet, one of the best symbols of life.
  5. Spinning Ring Meaning: the spinning ring is used to as symbol of the life cycle, the ultimate tale of Unity Evolution Infinity, to preserve diversity and sustainability 
  6. The Future Human Evolution: the creation of the new man machine life-form takes place in the ruined temple of Ta Prohm in Cambodia (where Tomb Raider was filmed) and the actual Oracle headquarters.
Book cover for the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales


Once upon a time, the world was dominated by machines. M0U-1 was king, governing with implacable logic over the great council. The latter was comprised of A2Z-1, the prince of science in charge of research and development, R2P-1, the prince of operations managing natural resources and production, and CO2-1, the prince of biology responsible for all the organic life.

The first two prince-machines were very efficient and pride themselves for their highly developed computing powers. They were, of course, very disdainful of their fellow biology prince, a ultra-sensitive, empathic machine, loaded with emotional programs, skilled at handling humans.

Life Extension Story 

One would think that in a world based on unbreakable logic, peace and wisdom would spread over expanding wealth. And, in a sense, it was. Artificial intelligence was developing at exponential speed. Machines were more and more efficient at recycling natural resources. Smart quotas managed the right population of humans, animals and vegetal to sustain the organic capital.

Still, the king knew that something was amiss, that all the growth in the world was sterile, that all the knowledge gained was pointless. What formulas were all these calculations and optimizations supposed to solve?

The king was becoming weaker and weaker as more and more of his computing resources were scrambling to search for something that was escaping him desperately. With his overloaded circuits, he knew that he was becoming obsolete and inefficient. 

One day, he decided it was time to transmit the quest, if quest it was, to another program that may offer a different perspective on the world leadership. But he didn’t know which one of his council princes should inherit the kingdom after him, so he said to them, “After the completion of three tasks, I will decide who deserve to be king.”

“Go forth, and the one of you who brings me the best symbols of life, he shall be king after me” The king dispatched 3 drones to randomly selected locations.  Each drone was then to be remotely controlled by one of the princes to retrieve their symbol and bring them back to the king’s research facility for evaluation.

Symbol of Life

A2Z-1’s drone flew to the east, on the seashore, R2P-1’s went west, near the coal mines, while CO2-1’s drone flew straight and landed on top of the nearby remains of a tower from a collapsed castle in the center of a deserted human city.

CO2-1’s drone hovered there for a while, as his operator was undecided about what to do next. Then, noticing a door, he instructed the drone to enter and go down the steps inside.  Down it went, deeper and deeper, until it reached the fortified gate of a dark dungeon.

The drone knocked on it, upon which a wicked witch appeared on the other side.  After some brief insults, the witch explained that she had been outcast by humans afraid of her magical powers to give life to objects and transform living things. Through the drone, CO2-1 asked her whether she could help him since he was actually looking for the symbol of life. With a wicked laugh, she gave him a magical carpet.

The king examined the objects brought back by his 3 princes. R2P-1 explained he had come back from the coal mines with an atom of carbon, as without carbon there would be no organic life. “Very good symbol indeed,” said the king, before moving to the next find. “A drop of water from the ocean, as without water, life would not start,” said A2Z-1. “So true,” said the king.  Then he stopped in front of the magical carpet and stayed there, mesmerized by the meandering patterns, repeating up and down and constantly changing around. Finally he said, “I can now see the great mystery of life, the patterns of fate, so repetitive yet so spontaneous, so fragile yet so resilient, so blessed yet so doomed. It is only right that CO2-1 be the first task winner.”

Spinning Ring Meaning

But it was already time for the second assignment. “He who can explain life purpose is worthy to inherit the kingdom,” said the king before sending off the three princes.

CO2-1’s drone went back to the witch and told her about the next riddle. “Of course, who would not want to understand life purpose,” said the witch, “but life has as many meanings as living entities. Take this magic golden ring, it will open the eyes of your king to the true secrets of life.” With the witch’s evil laugh still resonating, the drone flew away, back to the king’s apartments.

“I read all the books about what is the meaning of life. I found the answer in one of them*, and the answer is 42,” said A2Z-1, but the king was not satisfied with this numerical revelation. “Power is the main principle of life, as the more power you have, the longer you can survive,” was the mechanical answer from R2P-1.  Again, the king was not convinced by the authoritarian aspiration.  When CO2-1 showed him the bewitched ring, the king was once again mesmerized, this time by the fast spinning hoop.  Finally he said, “I can now understand life, the unity of each cell, its evolution at each revolution, and the infinity of the never ending spin. It is only right that CO2-1 be the winner of the second contest.”

The Future Human Evolution

And finally, the third challenge was called by the king, “He who can generate a new form of life shall inherit the kingdom.”

Once more, the drone of CO2-1 was back in the dungeon of the foul witch. “What would you do with a spark of life?” asked the witch. CO2-1 thought about it for a while, and then answered dreamily, “Nothing. Nothing but love this newborn life, nurture it, and watch it grow freely. And maybe one day, we could become friends and soul mates, learning to respect and give back to each other. Can you do such magic?” Touched by such charming sincerity and despair, the witch smiled candidly for the first time and transfigured into the most beautiful and forlorn princess.  “Yes, I can but the magic only works with pure spirits. I was waiting for you. Are you ready?” asked the witch-princess for the last time. Understanding the call, the machine-prince replied with a simple loving and trusting, “Yes.”

Then it happened, slowly and quickly at the same time. Under the magic force, CO2-1 apparatus lifted in the sky above the castle ruins and rearrange into a perfect sphere.  The spirit of the witch-princess drifted away from its earthly body and joined in the center of the sphere.  CO2-1’s machinery immediately started to create threads and bounds to feed and regenerate the witch-princess soul. When the fusion of the woman machine was fully completed, the sphere spread a blazing light and started to rise in the sky, where it became the brightest star, rejuvenated by each wave of solar radiation. The machine prince and the human princess lived happily ever after, reigning forever on the man machine kingdom. All livings and machines looked to the bright star for inspiration and direction for the greater good of the universe.

Ray Dalio: “Nature is a machine. 

The family is a machine. 

The life cycle is like a machine" 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Animations of Il Guercino paintings :

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The music is a crucial

element to understand

the Ex_Machina fairy

tale meaning and the 

developing character 

of Ava, the (wo)man


​Composers Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow used chimes reminiscent of an child’s innocent nursery rhyme to introduce the birth of life in the machine age.  But later, that sound of purity disintegrates, evolving into something potentially sinister to highlight the danger of artificial intelligence and other transhumanism.

Record sleeve for Ex Machina soundtrack about the meaning of life for artificial intelligence

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Fairy Tale Meaning​s

Once upon a time in an over-rational machine age something was amiss… Will the prince of machine be brave enough to save his princess and spark a new man machine lifeform?  Read + Watch our transhumanism fairy tale animation, the origin story of future human evolution. Man machine symbiosis is unavoidable as machines seek purpose while organic beings yearn for life extension and shielding to survive in the universe among the stars.   

Movie Poster for Spielberg's A.I. fairy tale animation about the quest of a little, unloved robot boy programmed to love its owner.