Jung_E (now on Netflix) is the new film from director Yeon Sang-ho, who made a name for himself outside his native Korea with 2016 zombie action movie Train to Busan. As he offered a new angle on a familiar subgenre with Busan, he surely hopes to do the same for artificial intelligence science-fiction (AI-SCI-FI?!?) with his latest work, which is set in a sort-of-post-apocalyptic dystopia where robots fight wars for us, and the side with the best AI sure seems ripe for victory. The movie is also notable for being the final role of Korean film star Kang Soo-yeon, who sadly passed away in 2022 at age 55 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. The Gist: IN A WORLD where severe climate change has forced humanity to mostly abandon Earth for the Moon; where subsequent civil war has raged for decades; where artificial intelligence is a primary component of war technology; where human brains can be uploaded from diseased bodies to new ones and if you have enough money you can enjoy a terrific Type A existence, or a so-so Type B, or possibly a horrific, but no-cost Type C where your consciousness is under the control of corporations and shit; where people take ethics tests to determine that they're indeed human and not AI – in this world, a woman leaps around a bona-fide Dystopian Hell of a set piece, fighting robots, some more diabolically advanced in their ability to withstand bullets and such. She is the famed kickass warrior Yun Jung-yi (Kim Hyun-joo), but she really isn't Yun Jung-yi – she's Jung_E, a clone of Yun Jung-yi, and she keeps failing the same battle simulation. The simulation reinvents the very scene of her defeat many years prior, which left her body in a coma, the contents of her brain as the key element of weapons-development research firm Kronoid and her daughter kind of almost orphaned.
The problem with being a ridiculously accomplished soldier is that there's always the danger you'll be cloned and turned into an AI weapon by your own daughter one day. That's the Black Mirror-meets-Terminator-esque concept behind Train to Busan director Yeon Sang-ho's new dystopian sci-fi thriller, JUNG_E, which looks like it'll grapple themes of artificial intelligence ethics while also having a whole bunch of kickass action scenes. The Netflix film stars Kim Hyun-joo and Ryu Kyung-soo as JUNG_E and her daughter Sang-Hoon, and features the final onscreen appearance from actor Kang Soo-young, who died last year aged 55. JUNG_E is streaming on Netflix from Jan. 20.(opens in a new tab)
The future of AI robotics never seems to have a silver lining, and here's a new nightmarish vision of what could come to pass from Jung_E, the latest film from Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan). The Netflix release is slated to hit the streaming service exclusively on January 20, 2023. The official synopsis from Netflix reveals a tease of the plot: "In a post-apocalyptic 22nd century, a researcher at an AI lab leads the effort to end a civil war by cloning the brain of a heroic soldier--her mother." The sleek, dystopian shine of Kronoid Lab's "most advanced A.I. combat warrior" invokes a feeling of dread when the very human-looking creation is built. Even the full-on wired brain that looks like one of those steel wool sponges gave me the icks.
Korea's southern port city of Busan has reportedly brought together the country's brightest and youngest in the field of artificial intelligence to share some of their innovations. My colleague Shin Ye-eun was there. If you want to learn about artificial intelligence, this is the best place to start. Hundreds of AI tech developers and enthusiasts have gathered in the port city of Busan to show off their latest accomplishments and discuss how the tech will move forward. "As you can see, there are lines of booths behind me showing how AI can bring imagination to life. What particularly caught my attention is that these booths are being run by young enthusiasts, ranging from elementary to high school students."
The Busan government said Friday it would proceed with AI Korea 2020, despite the resurgence in new coronavirus cases in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province. The Busan government said it would strengthen COVID-19 prevention measures for the event, scheduled between Sept. 17-19 at Bexco in Busan. The expo, which will be held at 13,000 square-meter exhibition areas, has been designed to attract leading scientists, developers and entrepreneurs in related sectors. The Busan government said it would showcase next-generation technologies and encourage participants to make future partnerships.
There's a scene in Black Panther where Shuri, Letiticia Wright's character, hops into a car seat and remotely drives a sleek Lexus Sedan through the streets of Busan, Korea. While not quite a driverless car experience, remote driving offers a tantalizing imagining of the future of transportation. These are, after all, heady times for the transportation industry. Google and Uber are testing self-driving cars at this very moment. Drone deliveries from Amazon will happen sooner rather later.