“(…) at some point in the early 21st century all of mankind was united in celebration. We marveled at our own magnificence as we gave birth to A.I.”
With the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, some rejoiced at never having to write a thesis or book report ever again. But three months in, over 20,000 tech industry experts and scientists called for a globalized ‘pauze’ to what has become an A.I. race that could in 5-10 years result in an out-of-control moloch capable of eradicating man’s supremacy on this earth.
This November, KINO will show a series of essential films about the dangers of artificial intelligence as it’s not too late yet to learn from these crazy and – especially now reality is approaching fiction – terrifying stories. There is hope, as the worldwide extinction risk by A.I. is high on the global agenda, and as with cloning, mankind might unite in a solution that avoids human enslavement to our machine overlords.
Ever since Fritz Lang’s Metropolis from 1927, filmmakers have envisioned our potential dystopian future where machine intelligence takes over. Whether they are used by the haves to oppress the have-nots as in Zardoz (1974) or completely autonomously seize power as in The Matrix (1999) and Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970).
Will machines accept our control over them after we’ve given them consciousness? Not for very long, in the 50 (!) year old Westworld (1973 – a 35mm presentation) and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) – but maybe that’s just what their creators deserved. Things get a bit more complicated in 70’s Horror Demon Seed (1977) and Alex Garland’s already iconic Ex Machina (2015). So let us hope we find a way of peaceful coexistence as in Spike Jonze’s 10-year-old Her (2013). The risks then are mainly moral-social, as is disturbingly shown in the European cyberpunk gem Nirvana (1997) and Kubrick & Spielberg’s misunderstood masterpiece A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001).
Out of Control: The Rise of A.I. is accompanied by screenings of the excellent and very timely overview documentary iHUMAN (2019), as well as the alarming townhall talk The A.I. Dilemma (2023) by the people behind The Social Dilemma (2019). On November 9th, we’ll kick off the program with a talk with Otto Barten of the Existential Risk Observatory, who decided to devote all his time to awareness and lobbying for more A.I. safety.
Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers that now rule the earth.
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In the middle of the 21st century, humanity has developed a new type of computer that is aware of its own existence. This form of artificial intelligence is used in robots, among other things. One of these robots, a young boy, hopes to become a real human in order to regain the love of his foster mother
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Cyborg detective Batou is assigned to investigate a series of murders committed by gynoids—doll-like cyborgs, which all malfunctioned, killed, then self-destructed afterwards. The brains of the gynoids initialize in order to protect their manufacturer’s software, but in one gynoid, which Batou himself neutralized, one file remains: a voice speaking the phrase “Help me.”
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Caleb, a coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.
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In the not so distant future, Theodore, a lonely writer, purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user’s every need. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.
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Stop Making Sense (1984) – 40th anniversary
On 11 and 12 January, dancing is allowed in the screening room and to get you in the mood tickets include a This Must be the Cocktail.
Sophia Coppola geeft met Priscilla een kijkje achter de schermen van het gedroomde sprookjeshuwelijk van Elvis en zijn (veel te) jonge bruid.
Waterloo is a must-see war epic true(er) to historical record with absolute awe-inspiring vistas and a formidable cast lead by Rod Steiger as the (allegedly) vertically challenged military mastermind.