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Do You Trust This Computer?

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docu about machines taking over has scares, not solutions.

Movie NR 2018 78 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Misinforms and creates fear that will set kids back

Skepticism of AI is very healthy. But the "experts" in this are way outside the mainstream when it comes to expertise about AI. (Just google them and see for yourself how they are viewed by their peers.) It's a real shame because society should be better educated about this important topic, but this goes in the wrong direction. I rated it 18+ because I think this confuses kids more than it teaches. AI is a technology that will be a big part of their lives. They deserve better edu than this.
age 12+

AI will eventually destroy the world

Do You Trust This Computer? is a spell binding documentary telling the tale of the rise of AI and what it could do to the human race and industries. As they state in the documentary, for every 1 job that a robot takes, it is replacing three human workers. How in the long run are people going to make a living to pay the things that they are needing on a daily basis to live? In a short while by going through more and more with AI, there is going to be robots running everything that we do now on a daily basis. We are honestly moving too fast in the world in order to sustain this change, as one day it will come back to haunt us in ways that we are not seeing or wanting to see at the moment.

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This documentary covers a wide array of examples of the potentially scary downside of artificial intelligence, none particularly in depth but with enough ingenuity to cause alarm. Director Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car?) jumps back and forth between an array of experts, including Elon Musk, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times technology journalist John Markoff, and filmmaker Jonathan Nolan (Memento, Westworld, etc.), capturing moments of both wonder and horror. Robots do incredible things, but they quickly surpass what they were intended to do. Do You Trust This Computer?'s picture occasionally twitches and glitches out to illustrate how scary these things are.

For example: A machine that helps a doctor with routine surgeries seems amazing ... until the doctor admits that he can't remember how to do the surgery himself. And a lifelike robot seems amazing ... until it suddenly seems creepy. To underline its point, the movie includes a wealth of footage from movies that have warned us about computers taking over the world, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Terminator 2, The Matrix, and Ex Machina. It's all quite frightening, almost gleefully so, but the movie doesn't offer solutions to balance out the fear, nor does it offer any kind of positive upswing. If you see this film and the machines do eventually take over, your only satisfaction will be a spirited "I told you so."

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