What Hollywood gets right (and wrong) about Artificial Intelligence
Since the concept of artificial intelligence was first dreamed of, Hollywood has made a tremendous amount of money portraying it in film. Movie-goers are naturally interested in artificial intelligence and like to imagine the worst possible outcomes that could result as artificial intelligence becomes a more common part of our daily life. Of course, Hollywood has been known to get a few things wrong when it comes to portraying scientific technologies on the big screen. What is really surprising is they actually get a few things right. Here’s a look at what Hollywood gets right and wrong about artificial intelligence.
One of the most common tropes in artificial intelligence fiction is the concept of mind uploading, or digital immortality. The idea behind mind uploading is that humans can artificially become immortal by uploading human consciousness into a machine or robot of some kind. The most recent Hollywood film to make use of this trope was Chappie. Though the concept has enjoyed a lot of popularity in Hollywood films, Artificial Intelligence experts say that it’s also one of the most inaccurate. Currently, science is nowhere near being able to upload human consciousness into a machine. Though a few theorize it could possibly happen far in the future, the majority in the scientific community believe it’s nothing but science fiction.
Changes in agenda
One of Asimov’s three laws of robotics states that “A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.” But there is no shortage of movies that involve robots governed by artificial intelligence choosing to implement the Zeroth Law in which they diverge from their programmed agenda to achieve what they perceive as a greater good. In I Robot, for instance, the robots stage a revolution against the humans. According to the scientific community, movies like Steven Spielberg’s AI are more accurate because artificial intelligence cannot stray from its programmed instructions.
Another favorite trope in artificial intelligence fiction is the robot that develops human emotions. Of all of the artificial intelligence myths, this one is probably the most subjective. According to experts in artificial intelligence, there is really no science to prove or disprove the possibility of robots developing human emotions. The question largely depends on how we define human emotion. Some theorize that emotions are nothing more than the result of electrical and chemical reactions in the brain. In that sense, it could in theory be recreated in a robot though that science is probably decades away.
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