Today, the first bit of viral marketing for Prometheus has slipped online with the first clip of Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland, the technology baron, giving a speech at the 2023 TED conference.  The TED conference is a place where many of the world’s leading companies have brought forth ideas that have propelled us forward technologically.  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.  Since the 1980′s, the conferences have been a big event for technology buffs, and the video released by Fox shows Weyland giving a speech at the conference in 2023.

They have also launched WeylandIndustries.com to support the video.  Thanks to B.A.D. for providing the following from the 2023 TED conference blog:

“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.”

There goes a lot of back story for the film, and an insight into what the film will most likely focus on, Weyland Corporation’s leaps and bounds in technology that will eventually lead up to the events in Alien.  While Ridley Scott steadfastly maintains that the film is not a prequel, it’s obvious from this video that it’s probably just a very obtuse prequel, leaving room for plenty of movies in between the two, but both obviously exist in the same universe.  So much for talk, see what Weyland has to say: