Viral fake TED talk connects the dots between Prometheus and Alien

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Dec 16, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

Any fan of the Alien saga knows that the company Weyland-Yutani is responsible for the "synthetic humans" that sometimes help and occasionally hinder our heroes as they fend off acidic extraterrestrial threats. And this chunk of viral awesomeness, a sermon from Peter Weyland in 2023, is just a part of Prometheus connecting the dots.

Prometheus cowriter Damon Lindelof tipped us off to this nugget earlier today and sent us to a page hosted on the real TED website. On it is a description of the speaker, Peter Weyland (played by Guy Pearce):

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.

And here's what he has to say:

That same page also reveals that this clip was conceived and designed by Ridley Scott and Lindelof and directed by Luke Scott. (It also has a link to Lindelof collaborator J.J. Abrams' own real-deal TED talk, which is worth watching if you haven't already.)

So, what do you think? A tantalizing piece of what's shaping up to be a rather impressive puzzle, yes?

(via Damon Lindelof's Twitter)