OK, so Blade Runner 2049 is now out and getting rave reviews but what other influential science fiction and dystopian future movies are out there? We have links to three selections...
Tech Comment: The Robots are coming - Greg Bufithis on AI, Machine Learning & its Social Consequences
Here's a short (10 minutes) Russian Soviet-era animated film Polygon from 1977 – yes, 40 years ago – warning of the dangers of military AI and robotics. By Anatoliy Petrov. Советский мультфильм. Автор: Анатолий Петров. Has English subtitles.
Anything worse than a rogue #AI - how about two AIs firing lasers at each other? Thank you Deepmind!
We know it is a cliché about well-meaning but mad scientists inadvertently unleashing horrors on mankind but the boffins at Google's Deepmind artificial intelligence research outfit have just taught a pair of AIs to become aggressive when they need to fight for scarce resources. If it is any consolation, apparently it's a variation on the Prisoner's Dilemma. Personally, I for one welcome out new robot overlords...
Here's a very funny story by Sarah Jeong, first published on Motherboard about data storage and disk format issues in the Star Wars world. Wait, you run a galactic empire based on data tape drives? Beware: contains Star Wars Rogue One spoilers.
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