Tag: artificial intelligence

SciFi Tech Talk #000198 – Tau

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Julie, Jeff, and Mike discuss the 2018 movie Tau:

“A woman is held captive by a scientist in a futuristic smart house, and hopes to escape by reasoning with the Artificial Intelligence that controls the house.” – imdb.com

Next episode: The 2018 movie Annihilation:

“A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.” – imdb.com

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SciFi Tech Talk #000195 – We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

Average Rating:

4.3 rating based on 32,796 ratings (all editions)

ISBN-10: 1680680587
ISBN-13: 9781680680584
Goodreads: 35014337

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Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street.

Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty.

The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad – very mad.
 

Next episode: The 2018 movie The Titan

“A military family takes part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.” — imdb.com

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SciFi Tech Talk #000193 – Her

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Julie, Jeff and Mike discuss the 2013 movie Her: “Sensitive letter writer Theodore has just ended his marriage. Lonely, he goes out to buy an artificially intelligent Operating System that promises to give him everything he needs. Samantha is more than his average OS. She does secretarial work for him but also becomes his friend whenever he’s lonely. They go out on adventures and travel together. He becomes the physical feet to get them places, and she the new eyes in which to see the world. Their intimate moments soon turn into love and they start an unusual relationship between OS and human. Things get complicated as they deal with Theodore’s complex emotions and Samantha’s inability to provide physical comfort. What happens to an OS when its consciousness is altered? Or to a sensitive man who doubts his emotions?” — Marielle on imdb.com

Next episode:

Another Earth

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SciFi Tech Talk #000183 – 2312

Average Rating:

3.4 rating based on 13,819 ratings (all editions)

ISBN-10: 0316098124
ISBN-13: 9780316098120
Goodreads: 11830394

Author(s): Publisher: Orbit
Published: 5/22/2012

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.

The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.
 

Next episode: The 1968 movie Barbarella

“Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.” – imdb.com