Transcendence is full of enough intriguing ideas about the future and humanity’s relationship with technology to overlook some of the film’s tonal and narrative hiccups.
Call it Him. In Spike Jonze’s Her, an intelligent female computer came to fall in love with its user, and he with it. It was a non-judgmental sci-fi film about how our evolving relationship with ever-expanding and ever-more-complex computer technologies may touch us in unexpectedly emotional ways. In the future, falling on love with your telephone may be a socially acceptable thing, and can be like any other relationship. Her brought up that ever-important question about artificial intelligence: If you can’t tell if the person on the other end of the line is a simulation, isn’t that a sign that AI has been successfully reproduced?
In cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, we are given a dark mirror to Her. The artificial intelligence this time belongs to a male, Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), and when his consciousness is imprinted in an AI program, his natural need to fix the world – his ambition – begins to take precedence. The female AI wants to connect, to love, to bring people closer together on a personal basis. The …read more