You Must Know That Trust This Computer

Greetings again from the darkness. When asked if they think a computer could ever be conscious, two young women come together to answer: “No. Unless you program it this way.”And this answer is at the center of director Chris Paine’s answer (who finished the electric car?) recent research on artificial intelligence. Do we control the machines or could they control us in the end?


At the beginning it is pointed out that Science Fiction has made us deaf to the perils and potential perils of AI. Fingers have snapped on some favorites like TERMINATOR 2: Judgment Day, 2001: Space Odyssey, war games, EX MACHINA, the Matrix and ROBOCOP. We have come to accept AI as a high-level pleasure rather than recognizing the breakthroughs of companies like Google.

He explains that Google search is actually a form of artificial intelligence and that algorithms collect more data than we have ever realized. For a Film like this, expert talking heads are a necessity, and director Paine Delivers. We listen to AI experts, writers, journalists and doctors. The lineup includes Jonathan Nolan, Elon Musk and Stuart Russell, and each offers a basic overview of the subject, leaving behind the idea that AI is capable of “incredible wonders and incredible horrors”. We are also told that “this is not the future, it is the present”.


The specific areas affected by AI and explored here include: self-driving cars, medical applications, military armaments and financial market data. Armed drones are an example of this, and a surgeon provides a real-world study on how a computer would have an advantage over him. The time is devoted to the “Jeopardy” experience, where IBM Watson (created by David Farucci) takes on the best competitors and wins. Here, too, the focus is on robotics, the effects of which go far beyond the loss of jobs in the factory.


The famous documentary filmmaker Mark Monroe (ICARUS, MARRY, The COVE) helps the director Paine in the structure of the presentation, as many topics are discussed. The electronic score is sometimes a little authoritarian, and we can’t help but question the Motivation behind the dedication of the film “in memory of Stephen Hawking”. The Film could be considered a high-tech horror, but rather it is a wake-up call to pay attention to current developments (and how data is collected and processed). The last thing we want is for the film’s opening quote to come true: “You are my Creator, but I am your master” (Mary Shelley from “Frankenstein”).

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