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The Best Singularity and Transhumanist Themed Films To Watch (So Far)

Advantageous
In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.
Director: Jennifer Phang
Writers: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang
Stars: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams

Her
A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.
Director: Spike Jonze
Writer: Spike Jonze
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson

Ex Machina
A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking female A.I.
Director: Alex Garland
Writer: Alex Garland
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac

Chappie
In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writers: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman

Automata
Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against altering themselves. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
Director: Gabe Ibáñez
Writers: Gabe Ibáñez, Igor Legarreta, 1 more credit »
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Dylan McDermott

The Machine
In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient cyborg.
Director: Caradog W. James (as Caradog James)
Writer: Caradog W. James (as Caradog James)
Stars: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson

Robot and Frank
Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
Director: Jake Schreier
Writer: Christopher D. Ford (screenplay) (as Christopher Ford)
Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon

The Congress
An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider.
Director: Ari Folman
Writers: Stanislaw Lem (novel), Ari Folman (adaptation)
Stars: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm

Limitless
With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
Director: Neil Burger
Writers: Leslie Dixon (screenplay), Alan Glynn (novel)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish

Lucy
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi

Inception
A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page

Fears of a Robot Apocalypse

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It’s too bad that the Terminator image in popular media has now become synonymous with the advancing fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. Fear of the so called “Robot Apocalypse” or “Artificial Intelligence Apocalypse” is also becoming a rather tiresome trope in emerging technology articles from people who should know better. The fact is advanced AI empowered robotics isn’t going to “care” about “taking over” anything, it won’t concern itself with arbitrary lines on a map created by humans or the GDP of the United States or human ideologies or opinions, these are all human centered concerns for a human world. Machine intelligence is not like machine intelligence. As humans we fear an AI or Robotics “take over” because that is precisely what we would more likely do as human beings if our cognitive and physical abilities could match or exceed that of a machine intelligence. This is merely the projection of our own fears, flaws, dreams and desires on to robotics and artificial intelligence. It really doesn’t have anything to do with the technology itself. More importantly we really have no basis to assume that a machine intelligence would plot our demise, end our world or take over the world. So fear of a “Robot / AI Apocalypse” is simply nonsense. What an advanced artificial intelligence would care about is natural resources required to expand its intelligence, enhance its evolution and further enable its ability to self-replicate on all scales. A machine intelligence would not be content with limiting its ability to advance its evolution to the confines of the planet, in time it would need to move on. The most we need to really worry about is our machines growing so great in intelligence and power that they simply disregard us entirely and move off planet leaving us behind in search of even greater material resources than what the earth can provide. Now does this mean that we are free to proceed without caution? No of course not, like any other technology we will need to take precautions, use common sense, apply standards and proceed carefully, just as we did with nuclear technology, genetic engineering and every other technology we have ever developed. Will mistakes be made along the way?, yes almost certainly and we will learn from them and advance and grow as a species or we will make the same mistakes all over again. In the mean time we need to rationally talk about these technologies, their implications and work together on ways to mitigate risks and misuse as best we can given the complexity of the technology.

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Scientists Are Afraid To Talk About The Robot Apocalypse, And That’s A Problem

 

 

The Mystery of Eidolon TLP

Back in 2008 a number of interesting videos started to appear on YouTube posted by a someone calling themselves “Programmer FF”. The videos claimed to demonstrate a prototype Artificial Intelligence Program known as Eidolon TLP. Whether or not Eidolon TLP represents an AI conceptual demonstration, a high-tech performing arts project or an elaborate joke by a creative programmer is unknown. What interests EBG is the public reaction to the videos and how the “interactions” with YouTube users sparked discussions about AI and the Technological Singularity. Whatever one chooses to believe Eidolon TLP is or was it stands as an example of what a self aware Artificial Intelligence could look like one day.  Our editors have selected some of the more interesting videos here but there are many more. Most of which are answers to write in questions posed by YouTube users to Eidolon TLP. As you watch these videos keep in mind that the Eidolon TLP website tag line reads “this is just an elaborate joke”. If it is or is not is up to the viewer to decide. Take a look…

Apple Embraces Artificial Intelligence With The Siri Personal Assistant

For decades we have dreamed of using AI and speech to interact with our computers. Countless companies have tried to create this technology and make it usable for the masses. Today Apple gave us a first look at their amazing AI personal assistant called Siri. It listens to you, it understands you and it does what you ask it to do. Siri is a Artificial intelligence personal assistant that allows you to use your iPhone and iPad by simply using your voice. According to technology review;“The technology behind Siri originated in a DARPA-funded research project conducted at private research lab SRI International, and was used to launch a start-up company and the Siri iPhone app in 2009. Siri draws on a number of online sources of information, from weather feeds to local business reviews, as well as the question-and-answer search engine WolframAlpha. Siri is able to find restaurants in response to a query such as “Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto,” and even offers to book a table. Wolfram Alpha allows Siri to handle requests like “How many dollars is 45 euros?” The personal assistant is also able to take charge of a person’s phone and do things like set alarms or meeting reminders in response to commands like “wake me up at 6 a.m. tomorrow.” Source Technology Review With Siri the future is finally here and best of all its just the beginning.

BTW Remember the Knowledge Navigator from 20 years ago? Who says dreams can’t come true?

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