Slate | Johnny Depp is starring in a movie about the singularity

December 20, 2013

Source: Slate — December 20, 2013 | Will Oremus

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Ray Kurzweil is convinced the technological singularity is nigh. So is Johnny Depp’s character, it seems, in a Hollywood flick that’s due out in April.

This may be the singularity’s mainstream moment. Kurzweil is its preeminent latter-day apostle, and he was recently hired as an engineer by Google to work on hastening its arrival by teaching computers to understand English. Now we’ve got Captain Jack Sparrow explaining it in a voiceover.

Yet tech geeks’ enthusiasm for the flick might be tempered by the ample early evidence that its take on artificial intelligence will be rather loosely tethered to reality.

“The combined intellect of the neuroscientists, engineers, mathematicians pales in comparison to even the most basic A.I.,” Depp’s character explains in the teaser trailer. [...]


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