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05 July 2017 Innovation, Technology

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The concept of technological singularity is inevitably linked to the world of science fiction. In fact, the term
itself was created by one of the most important mathematicians in modern history, John Von
Neuman (recognized as one of the fathers of cybernetics), when it was popularized by the science-fiction
writer Vernor Vinge. Singularity is today much more than a likely scenario from novels and movies. The
possibility that thanks to artificial intelligence, machines will one day be capable of self-improvement and
spawn a generation of computers far superior to human intelligence, is now feasible thanks to the
development of exponential technologies.

The date when singularity will become our constant companion depends on which expert or futurologist you
listen to. However, one thing all the predictions agree on is that it will be sooner rather than later, and
certainly in the 21st century, making it perhaps be the most important century in the history of our
existence: the time when humanity transcends its biological nature thanks to the development of
technology.

Image: Ray (Raymond) Kurzweil /Credit: Bill Wadman

One of the most important voices in the universe of singularity is that of Ray Kurzweil, also known as
the “Google futurologist”, because of the position he occupies in the company. It is not only his job
description that endorses him as a technological reference, but also the 18 honoris causa doctorates he has
accumulated, the recognized honors from three US presidents, and a long list of awards, grants, patents,
and the companies he has founded, including the Singularity University. What does Raymond Kurzweil
think?

This engineer, musician, inventor and entrepreneur has a sufficiently wide-ranging background on which to
base his predictions about the world we will be living in tomorrow. Some of the ideas he mooted in the
1990s have already b been corroborated (voice assistants, exoskeletons, augmented reality glasses …),
although he also ventures into much more futuristic territory, such as the possibility of connecting our
brains to the cloud through nanorobots (2030), or potential resurrection using artificial intelligence.

But Kurzweil is not the only one to make predictions about the future. In the movies, and in science fiction
in all its formats (novels, comics and more), numerous theories have also been developed on the scenarios
in which we might find ourselves living tomorrow. Here we choose five movies in which singularity poses
different challenges to human beings in their coexistence with machines.

Transcendence (2014), Wally Pfister

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bbvaopenmind.”. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a loner and an avid videogamer who decides to buy “the first artificially intelligent operating system” (OS). in his own words). His wife and his best friend are aware of his plans and continue with Will’s legacy. the voice of OS. Will Caster . Will Caster. It actually makes me love you more. Where to set the limit to singularity before it turns against us? Her (2013).7/12/2017 5 Movies that Explain the Concept of Singularity .”. Spike Jonze Her . it expands in size the more you love. I’m different from you.O cial Trailer (2014) Johnny Depp. Morgan Fre…  “We’re not gonna fight them. an expert in IA (Johnny Depp).OpenMind Transcendence . This doesn’t make me love you any less.com/en/5-movies-that-explain-the-concept-of-singularity/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=techreview&utm_campaign… 2/4 . Samantha. captivates Theodore and plunges him into a labyrinth of conflicting and challenging decisions –since no one has ever before been confronted with the dilemma of falling in love with an operating system. We’re gonna transcend them. is developing an ambitious project to create a computer capable of self-supplying (a “transcendence”.O cial Trailer 1 [HD]  “The heart is not like a box that gets filled up. The boundaries between life and death and control and chaos become blurred and the main characters find themselves facing serious ethical debates. when he is murdered. Samantha. Will singularity one day lead us to discover machines’ ability to generate feelings? The Final Cut (2004). Omar Naim https://www.

designed to help them rebuild the world in the most hostile environments.  Alex Garland https://www. How far will machines affect our own system of values and beliefs? Automata (2014). A population decimated by solar storms inhabits Planet Earth in 2044. These robots are guided by two main rules: they must survive and they cannot alter themselves. This fact radically changes society’s behavior and values. dying is a part of the natural human cycle. Gabe Ibáñez 'Autómata' Trailer  “Jacq.OpenMind The Final Cut (2004) O cial Trailer #1 . I didn’t invent the technology. Alan Hakman . Your life is just a span in time.Robin Williams Movie HD  “My job is to let people remember what they want to remember.7/12/2017 5 Movies that Explain the Concept of Singularity . Blue Robot. The chip Zoë is a memory implant embedded in the brains of newborns to record everything that happens throughout their lives so that when they die. the material can be edited like a movie. How far can singularity push back the boundaries of the rights and responsibilities of humans and machines? Ex Machina (2015).”. but his natural gifts lead him into conflict with bitter moral debates about his own life. Alan Hakman (Robin Williams) is the best memory editor around.bbvaopenmind. now conditioned by the all-seeing eye of the recorders.”. claiming that it was altering itself. The survivors have built some “pilgrim” robots. Jacq (Will Smith) is an insurance agent from the company that manufactures the robots (ROC) who is investigating the case of a police officer who shot one of the machines. Fletcher.com/en/5-movies-that-explain-the-concept-of-singularity/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=techreview&utm_campaign… 3/4 . It fulfilled a human need.

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