Science fiction is an incubator for imaginative minds to create visions that help us to glimpse not only the future, but also something about ourselves in the present. Fueled by the extrapolation of 'what is' into 'what can be', science fiction transports us beyond the horizon of our current technologies enabling us to observe the possible incarnations of scientific progress and to experience and appreciate the many ways this may impact upon us. For example, George Orwell's classic work, 1984, introduced the notion of an omnipresent 'Big Brother' and served as a focal point for discussion about our attitudes, perceptions, hopes and fears about technology, society, and how they intertwine. Also, the concept of rules of ethical conduct for robots was introduced as 'Three Laws of Robotics' by U.S. author Isaac Asimov in his book Runaround originally published in 1942.
Artificial Intelligence has in the past been the topic for many science fiction movies (think I, Robot and Star Wars), however, now science fiction is becoming a reality in front of our very eyes. Developing at a rate that no-one could have expected; it has never been as important for companies to understand AI technology and how it could be utilised to improve business efficiency and growth right across the globe. It has been a reality in many industries for quite a while now. Manufacturing companies have been using automated machines and processes for several years. The healthcare/ medical device industries are using and developing new'Smart' products all the time for treatment, diagnostic and testing purposes.
The Terminator is a 1984 American science-fiction action film directed by James Cameron. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son will one day become a savior against machines in a post-apocalyptic future. Michael Biehn plays Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future sent back in time to protect Connor. The screenplay is credited to Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd, while co-writer William Wisher Jr. received a credit for additional dialogue. Executive producers John Daly and Derek Gibson of Hemdale Film Corporation were instrumental in the film's financing and production. The Terminator topped the US box office for two weeks and helped launch Cameron's film career and solidify Schwarzenegger's. It received critical acclaim, with many praising its pacing, action scenes and Schwarzenegger's performance. Its success led to a franchise consisting of four sequels (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys), a television series, comic books, novels and video games. In 2008, The Terminator was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 1984 Los Angeles, a cyborg assassin known as a Terminator arrives from 2029 and steals guns and clothes.
Ex Machina is a 2015 science fiction psychological thriller film written and directed by Alex Garland (in his directorial debut) and stars Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac. The film follows a programmer who is invited by his CEO to administer the Turing test to an intelligent humanoid robot. Made on a budget of $15 million, the film grossed $36 million worldwide. The National Board of Review recognized it as one of the ten best independent films of the year and the 88th Academy Awards honored the film with the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, for artists Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Williams Ardington and Sara Bennett. Garland was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, while Vikander's performance earned her Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Empire Award and Saturn Award nominations, plus several film critic award wins, for Best Supporting Actress.
I've just finished reading the book Life 3.0 by physicist & AI philosopher Max Tegmark, where he sets out a series of possible scenarios and outcomes for humankind sharing the planet with artificial intelligence. And because you're double-busy I'm going to use a series of sci-fi films as a'mental shortcut' or'go-to' reference for each bulletpoint. Tegmark immediately shoots down any notion that we are likely to be victims of a robot-powered genocide, and claims the idea we would programme or allow a machine to have the potential to hate humans is preposterous - fuelled by Hollywood's obsession with the apocalypse. Actually, we have the power, now, to ensure that if AIs goals are properly aligned with ours from the start, so that it wants what we want, then there can never be a'falling out' between species. In other words, if AI does pose a threat - and in some of his scenarios it does - it will not come from The Matrix's marauding AIs, enslaving humanity and claiming, like Agent Smith, 'Human beings are a disease.
Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling books Sapiens and Homo Deus, is a big fan of science fiction, and includes an entire chapter about it in his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. "Today science fiction is the most important artistic genre," Harari says in Episode 325 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. "It shapes the understanding of the public on things like artificial intelligence and biotechnology, which are likely to change our lives and society more than anything else in the coming decades." Because science fiction plays such a key role in shaping public opinion, he would like to see more science fiction that grapples with realistic issues like AI creating a permanent'useless class' of workers. "If you want to raise public awareness of such issues, a good science fiction movie could be worth not one, but a hundred articles in Science or Nature, or even a hundred articles in the New York Times," he says.
Clementina works as a UX designer for Proximus, a Belgian telco provider. In the past she was a consultant in the field of UX and Service design and she has been working for clients like Sony, the European Commission and the Flemish Government. She has been a speaker in various international conferences such as EuroIA2016, IA Summit Rome 2016, WIAD Zurich 2017, WIAD Bari 2018.
The new film Sorry to Bother You has been widely praised by critics, but writer Evan Narcisse is frustrated that it's not getting the credit it deserves as a visionary work of science fiction. "The headline of my review on io9 was'Sorry to Bother You Is the Most Surreal, Important SciFi Movie in Years,'" Narcisse says in Episode 323 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. "And I actually believe that. I believed it when I wrote it in March, I believe it now, and I believe it's going to be that way for years to come." Geek's Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley agrees that Sorry to Bother You derives much of its power from its wild science fiction imagery, a point that the film's director, Boots Riley, has made in interviews.
No doubt you've heard: AI is the new frontier, one promising once unimaginable advances in terms of efficiencies, productivity, and scientific discovery. But with AI and machine learning in early stages, there's still much uncharted terrain to navigate--and risks to consider, including the potential for AI to learn undesirable behaviors. The good news is it's more like a human, but the bad news is it's more like a human. Paul Muller sits down with Beena Ammanath, global vice president for big data, artificial intelligence, and innovation at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Jim McGregor, founder and principal analyst at Tirias Research, to explore the opportunities and challenges of artifical intelligence, how AI development is different from traditional algorithmic programming, and why we'll likely see the emergence of new hybrid AI models. Are you looking for help with your artificial intelligence deep learning journey?
Apple, a secretive organization staffed by technological visionaries able to predict the future of technology, has ordered a television series based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels, an epic saga about … a secretive organization staffed by technological visionaries able to predict the future of technology. There is one major difference between the two: Apple is located on the edge of the continent, while Asimov's tale takes place on the edge of the galaxy. Foundation is considered one of Asimov's masterpieces, right up there with the Robot series, which merged with the Foundation series later in Asimov's career. Unlike some other classic sci-fi, Asimov's work has mostly resisted major studio film adaptation, with only the underwhelming Bicentennial Man in 1999 and I, Robot in 2004 to his name. Asimov's works are quiet and philosophical compared with those of his contemporaries, and Foundation is probably the most challenging one to choose to adapt.