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Visually seductive AI scare

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

How far has the implementation of Artificial Intelligence come? Or more aptly, how far has Artificial General Intelligence, AGI, come? And where are we headed?

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The documentary "iHuman" was ready for release when the Corona virus halted the world. The pandemic has so far precluded cinema distribution of the film but happily a number of streaming services offer it in several countries.

iHuman is an important docudrama. It describes how the fast-growing field of computer intelligence is penetrating most facets of human existence - more specifically how Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) irrevocably is becoming an indispensable part of how we live our lives.

Director Tonje Hessen Schei has made a documentary of the highest standard. We are frightened by the opportunities AGI provides armies and dictators. Fake news, social control, personal data floating everywhere - it's all is served up in a visually delicious framework, and that is perhaps why the film struggles a bit.

The aesthetics are confusingly similar to the future scenarios we encounter in series like West World and Black Mirror – and a myriad of science fiction films. "iHuman" is scary and fascinating at the same time. But that might also be an explanation of the fascination so many of us have with the phenomenon of AGI?


Read what Screen Daily writes: ‘iHuman’: IDFA Review