This week’s Kanopy pick is the 2016 documentary The Future of Work and Death.
Rapid advances in machine learning, robotics, and computational power are altering how many people think about the future of human civilization. To note but two important scientific figures who have weighed-in on that future, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have recently expressed concerns about the possibly catastrophic consequences for humanity of an artificial superintelligence “singularity” transformation. In The Future of Work and Death, Filmmakers Sean Blacknell and Wayne Walsh address the life and death issues raised by these scientific advances. Through interviews with a wide range of philosophers, scientists, and futurists, Blacknell and Walsh present a complex portrait of how technological advances might radically alter what it means to (not) work and (not) die.
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