My husband and I watched, for the 5th time (!) the movie, Transcendence with Johnny Depp. If you haven't seen it and love tech, AI, and the future of where technology is going, this movie is fascinating.
Transcendence is a 2014 science fiction film directed by cinematographer Wally Pfister in his directorial debut, and written by Jack Paglen. The English-language co-production stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser and Morgan Freeman. Pfister's usual collaborator, Christopher Nolan, served as executive producer on the project.
Every time we watch it I see something new and we end up marveling at how smart the message is, despite a lot of technical things Eric catches that are wrong that the public won't notice. Critics didn't like the film. We love it.
Essentially, Johnny Depp, his wife and a friend are sought out as criminals, as are other groups of scientists who have ventured into AI and nano tech and brain research, among many things. They are considered a threat to humanity for their research, including a massive computer called PINN that "knows" everything because it has access to every computer, camera, credit card, database in the world. Johnny is murdered, but his brain is essentially downloaded by his wife and friend into computer system with some stolen drives from PINN before it is destroyed, using research from another murdered scientist who downloaded a monkey's brain to a computer. The idea is that they created a computer version of a human. And it is Johnny. Or so thinks the wife but not the friend.
So, his wife, believing the computer is her beloved husband, and being a brainiac herself, escapes and with the help of computer Depp and his access to world banks and the world's databases, sets up a new home in the desert to power Depp and invent nano tech and other tech for use in healing humans, the planet, etc. To power Depp it takes enormous systems and meanwhile, the groups who don't believe in this stuff have kidnapped their friend and in a few years, convinced him and the FBI that computer Depp is dangerous. The only way to stop him from killing the human race, which they believe he is doing, is to introduce a virus.
The ending is moving and I cry every time. The final result has several layers, one of which is that they came to realize computer Depp was not killing anyone or had the intention of doing so, but in destroying "him", they had to destroy the worldwide web and all computers were rendered useless.
One of the things the movie touched on, but briefly, is how social media has stopped human communication, in a human to human in person kind of way. This is something we have discussed here too. The final outcome is that by destroying computer Depp, the entire world was put off-grid and the economic ramifications of that can be seen in the start of the film.
I think the movie was and is ignored by the mainstream public. It's one of those sci-fi films that is ahead of its time. With all the talk about AI and developments in science in physics and healthcare, and self driving cars...this movie shows how advances are met with fear and assumptions based on those fears.
Have any of you seen the film?
Edited by cre8pc, 07 March 2016 - 12:45 PM.