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Review: From Wall-E to the Terminator, Should We Be Worried About AI?

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When you think of artificial intelligence, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Wall-E? The Terminator? Should we be worried about machines that think? Some of the most influential scientists and technological pioneers of this era are worried about the prospect of artificial intelligence (AI). Stephen Hawking says the advent of AI could “spell the end of the human race.” Elon Musk calls it an “existential threat.” Bill Gates is “concerned.” Popular culture certainly hasn’t helped quell any fears about evil killer robots taking over the planet and enslaving humanity. From spooky classics like The Terminator to modern hits like Ex Machina, we’ve been conditioned to respond to the notion of AI with hostility and fear. However,…

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Stephen Hawking the man behind the science and The Theory of Everything

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It’s not often that phrases like “theoretical physics,” “quantum gravity,” and “cosmology” ignite the passions of your everyday filmgoer. But all that changes when you add Stephen Hawking—undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest living scientists—to the mix, and sprinkle in a pair of young up-and-coming British stars who, together, have great screen chemistry. Director James Marsh, who’s best known for his critically acclaimed documentaries Man on Wire and Project Nim, brings Hawking’s difficult, yet wholly amazing, life to screen in The Theory of Everything, which opens November 7 and has already garnered positive film festival reviews. Hawking, diagnosed at 21 with a motor neuron disease similar to ALS (remember the Ice Bucket Challenge?), is one of the few contemporary scientists…

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