Backlight: Human, Gods and Technology

What will our world look like in 25 years’ time? No one knows for sure. By that time our work may have been entirely taken over by autonomic robots. More...

Documentary - Science & Technology

48'

What will our world look like in 25 years’ time? No one knows for sure. By that time our work may have been entirely taken over by autonomic robots. Our world controlled by a single global brain as we are left to be slaves to the technology we were responsible for creating.

But there is a chance that things will not develop that quickly and instead we will make the robots our slaves. Will we become immortal and therefore be able to call ourselves gods in our own self-made highly-intelligent system? The big questions about the future of the human race and its relationship to technology we ask of two influential experts at this time: Kevin Kelly and Yuval Noah Harari.

Kevin Kelly is the writer of influential works including What Technology Wants and The Inevitable. Kelly sketches the inevitability of technology and views technology as a kind of autonomous evolutionary system. And yet, he is not afraid of the innovations that are destined to come. Artificial intelligence will become commonplace for everyone and will guide us in the making of decisions and the analysis of challenging issues. It will also challenge us to contemplate about who we are and what we want to achieve with our robots. Kelly is convinced that through technology we have already acquired the status of gods and that robots will start to believe in their own gods.

Yuval Noah Harari is the writer of the books pertaining to the history of the human race: Sapiens and Homo Deus. Both works have been recommended by President Barack Obama and Bill Gates. Harari sketches the history of tomorrow and directs his analysis to the manner in which we create our own illusions; illusory institutions such as religion, states and money. We believe in gods because we ourselves aspire to be one. He ponders the question of whether we are on the way to becoming God or if instead we are creating new gods and is clearly far less optimistic than Kelly. Harari sees the development of a society where inequalities develop in which some people will be able to upgrade themselves to gods while others remain vulnerable and mere mortals.
Discussions at the highest level about the meaning of life in the near future that has been designed by technology.

Documentary
Nordin Lasfar
2017
VPRO
48'
VPRO
 

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