Popular Science | Her is the smartest movie about artificial intelligence in years

December 26, 2013

Source: Popular Science — December 20, 2013 | Erik Sofge

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This week saw the beginning of the marketing campaign for 2014’s Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as a seemingly megalomaniacal AI researcher. In the first teaser trailer, Depp narrates one of the more widely-held fears.

“Once online, a sentient machine will quickly overcome the limits of biology. In a short time, its analytical power will be greater than the collective intelligence of every person born in the history of the world. Some scientists refer to this as the Singularity.” — Her

Transcendence didn’t invent the theory of the Singularity, which was popularized by futurist Ray Kurzweil, and the trailer presents a reasonably accurate rundown of the proposed scenario — that artificial intelligence will inevitably, inexorably outsmart human intelligence. [...]