I was bagging groceries at the A&P in 1968 when the movie theatre across the parking lot provided my first glimpse of the now-infamous AI.
The incredible dual prescience of author Arthur C. Clark and movie producer Stanley Kubrick was revealed when, in 1968, Kubrick produced the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Their combined human intelligence brought forth a portrait of an Artificial Intelligence movie character never before seen on the silver screen: Hal, the talking computer.
In the movie, Hal was dutifully keeping a watchful eye of the the good ship, Discovery One, and crew. When Hal and Pilot/Scientist Dave Bowman have a little disagreement, we viewers catch a glimpse of Hal’s compassion-less, inhuman disregard for human life:
This was our baby-booming introduction to the unprecedented character of Artificial Intelligence. It was not a favorable report. Hal’s cruel obsession with completing the mission provides the artificial intelligence rationale for the demise of crew members out there in the middle of nowhere!
But hey! That heartless glitch has been fixed. It’s all good now.
The good news is that AI’s obsession with duty is nowadays moderated with a humanitarian compassionate sensitivity! This news was brought to my attention by Amala Ekpunobi, through her Prager University podcast, Unapologetic Live in conversation with her Prager sidekick,Taylor. Check it out!:
Thanks for the good news, Amala! Keep up the good work.