I’ve just seen the trailer for upcoming sci-fi movie Transcendence (embedded below) and I can’t wait for the 18 April release date. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a movie. Transcendence is about one of my favourite subjects – the point when humans escape the limitations of our physical form, i.e. when we transcend biology. I’m excited to see this topic brought to the mainstream and I hope the movie is a hit. And we have Johnny Depp playing a Ray Kurzweil like character – what’s not to like
Most importantly I think that as a society we need greater awareness and debate about the power and implications of artificial intelligence (AI). The movie highlights the risks of a luddite reaction and that AIs might be dangerous to humans and will, I hope, help that debate to happen.
In my view powerful AI is coming and there is little that can be done to stop it. If any one country tries to put the brakes on the innovation will move abroad, or worse, underground. That’s the way it goes with technology innovation – it’s much better to embrace and control than to try and resist.
At the moment popular opinion is very far from that view. Hopefully Transcendence nudge everyone in the right direction. From the trailer you can see that an AI goes wild and causes a lot of problems. I hope the movie ends with the realisation that AIs can be a benevolent force for good, rather than the rogue AI being killed.