Do You Trust This Computer?

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Do You Trust This Computer?
Directed byChris Paine
Produced by
  • Tiffany Asakawa
  • Jessie Deeter
Written byMark Monroe
Music byMatter
CinematographyThaddeus Wadleigh
Edited by
Papercut Films
Release date
April 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States

Do You Trust This Computer? is a 2018 American documentary film that outlines the benefits and especially the dangers of artificial intelligence. It features interviews with a range of prominent individuals relevant to AI, such as Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk and Jonathan Nolan.[1][2] The film was directed by Chris Paine, known for Who Killed the Electric Car?[1] (2006) and, the subsequent followup, i.e., Revenge of the Electric Car[3] (2011).

Topics covered range from military drones to AI-powered "fake news" feeds.[1] At one point while being interviewed, Musk warns that any human dictator will eventually die, but that a digital superintelligence could someday become an "immortal dictator from which we can never escape".[4][5][6] Musk also sponsored free streaming of the film on Vimeo during the weekend of April 7, 2018.[7][8] The film was featured at the 2018 Napa Film Festival.[9]

The documentary is dedicated to Stephen Hawking, who warned that humanity may be jeopardized by its pursuit of a superintelligent artificial intelligence.

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  1. ^ a b c Murray, Noel (2018-04-05). "'Do You Trust This Computer?' lays out a scary case for artificial intelligence threats". Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  2. ^ Austin, Mark (2018-04-07). "Documentary 'Do You Trust This Computer?' free to stream courtesy of Elon Musk". Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  3. ^ "Revenge of the electric car". The Guardian. 22 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Elon Musk warns about the possible dangers of AI becoming an "immortal dictator"". Newsweek. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  5. ^ Browne, Ryan (6 April 2018). "Elon Musk warns A.I. could create an 'immortal dictator from which we can never escape'". CNBC. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ Ernst, Spencer (2018). "Here's what '2001: A Space Odyssey' got right". Fox News (Carolina). Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Elon Musk wants you to watch this movie about the dangers of AI". CNET. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  8. ^ "'Do You Trust This Computer' Is a Documentary That Taught Me Nothing About AI". Motherboard (Vice). 9 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  9. ^ Swartz, Jon. "New Films Recall When the Future Wasn't at Our Fingertips". Retrieved 2018-12-11.

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