Title: Do You Trust This Computer? (2018)
Director: Chris Paine
Writer: Mark Monroe
Starring: Jonathan Nolan, James Barrat, Elon Musk, Raymond Kurzweil, Alexander Nix, Stuart J Russel, and many more
Length: 1h 18min
Last night I watched this Documentary, and it made more of an impression than I expected. It features interviews with a collection the world’s brightest minds all speaking about what amounts to a warning about the rise of the computers and the ill-advised race to create artificial intelligence. It provided an intelligent, compelling, sobering, thought-provoking analysis of what’s going on in our world today and what it could lead to in the very near future. This digitopia we live in could turn unpleasant overnight.
This is not the first time I have encountered warnings of this sort regarding developing technology and how it may well be leading to our collective doom as a species, The science fiction I love is full of this stuff, but considering the source of the information and how it is presented it leaves little doubt we may well be creating a situation that has unexpected and unpleasant repercussions.
The simple fact is we have become so dependent on the computers that help our function that we may be making ourselves obsolete because these machines we are creating are learning at a rate we can never match or keep pace with, and soon the way they think may be beyond our understanding.There are billions spent on the search for artificial intelligence with little to no regulatory laws in effect. The fact is no one knows how a superintelligence may respond when becoming self-aware in the world. One is reminded of Hal 9000 from 2001 A Space Odyssey.
The film discusses several ways this technological revolution is already occurring in our lives. First of all is finances. The majority of stock and commodities trading is already being done by computers, and there has already been a situation where a small glitch very nearly snowballed into the entire market collapsing.
Another element is labor and the future role of robots in society. It’s already evident that robots are replacing human laborers in factories and other aspects of industry. They are more efficient and require less downtime. There is also the aspect of military applications where Robots are already making an impact on the land in the air and at sea. There is a growing grave concern about the creation and use of autonomous weapons platforms which already exist.
The documentary is dedicated to Stephen Hawking, who warned that humanity may be jeopardized by its pursuit of superintelligent artificial intelligence.