Do You Trust This Computer?


This is a 2018 American documentary film that outlines the benefits and especially the dangers of artificial intelligence. It features interviews with a range of prominent individuals relevant to AI, such as Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk and Jonathan Nolan. The film was directed by Chris Paine, known for Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) and, the subsequent follow up, i.e., Revenge of the Electric Car (2011). The film was featured at the 2018 Napa Film Festival.

Topics covered range from military drones to AI-powered “fake news” feeds. At one-point while being interviewed, Musk warns that any human dictator will eventually die, but that a digital super-intelligence could someday become an “immortal dictator from which we can never escape”.

The documentary is dedicated to Stephen Hawking, who warned that humanity may be jeopardised by its pursuit of a super-intelligent artificial intelligence.

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