This is the first part of a two-part investigation into the use of Artificial Intelligence in the modern world. It is produced by Al Jazeera, and hosted by the human rights lawyer Cori Crider, and opens with the killing of one of her clients in the Yemen.
Although for a long time it wasn’t clear how he had been targeted for a drone strike by US forces, it eventually emerged that this seems to have been done using AI in a mistaken hit.
The film itself consists of two overlapping parts there is the documentary proper, which goes into the history of AI, how it was neglected for a couple of decades and how it emerged once again with the spectacular win over the world’s leading chess player at the end of the 90s.
The second section shows a group of four experts, including Cori herself, discussing some of the issues that are emerging from the use of AI in such things as facial recognition on our streets in the modern world. Outside of this set-up, there are also discussion with other experts in the field.
The dangers for the infringment of human rights should be evident to all, and there seems to be no reason why the public space should be invaded by ever watchful machines, and indeed it has been banned in many places already. But in others it is gaining ground.
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