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Machine of Human DreamsRoy Cohen

'Robots will be the next 'people' and species on Earth and perhaps that day will come sooner than we expect'. For those unbelievers who are compassionately shaking their heads when reading this, Machine or Human Dreams can be a real eye-opener. Will robots ever be 'really' intelligent? And will we ever accept artificial intelligence? Roy Cohen goes out looking for answers…

Ben Goertzel is an eccentric technology guru who grew up in a hippie community. Both the period of the Vietnam War as his passion for science fiction motivated him in a cheeky and daring way to pursue a rational and non-violent way of living in a peaceful world. His entire life revolves around his personal creation, an artificial intelligence (A. I.) program called 'OpenCog', which is based on the human brain. In 2014 he received financial assistance from the government of Hong Kong, in order to personify and embody OpenCog. Talking about a dream coming true.
Director Roy Cohen - who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in Neuroscience and Film Studies - has been interviewing various philosophers and scientists regarding the future of technology since 2010. In this documentary Cohen follows the eccentric Ben and witnesses OpenCog being embodied, but he also sees how Ben's past haunts him and casts doubt on the future of the project. Because how do you know when an artificial program is truly successful? Will an A. I. program like OpenCog ever be 'really' intelligent? And above all, who will determine this?

Science Society

Vertoond op editie(s) 2017
Screened at edition(s) 2017

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De voorstelling van 23/3 wordt gevolgd door een DOCVILLE+ sessie over de huidige stand van het onderzoek naar Artificiële Intelligentie


:: 90 min.
English, Japanese
Subtitles: English




Roy Cohen


Mike Lerner, Roy Cohen


Roast Beef Productions


Richard Gillespie


Gregor Lyon



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