Demon Seed

Synopsis: Married Drs. Alex Harris and Susan Harris are a computer scientist and child psychologist respectively. Their house reflects Alex's computer dominated work, their abode which is fully automated through a computer system they've named Alfred. They consider Alfred a small gadget of convenience. Susan doesn't much like Alex's work, which she feels has dehumanized him. Because of their differences, they are thinking about separating, this thought primarily on his initiative. He hopes to solve many of the world's medical problems through this work, especially leukemia from which their daughter died. His latest project centers on Proteus IV, a computer possessing artificial intelligence. Proteus IV gets to a point in its evolution when it begins to question human judgment, and requests from Alex an open computer terminal where it can more fully observe human behavior and openly communicate with the world. Alex denies the request, but Proteus IV does find an open terminal in the Harris home a
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Donald Cammell
Production: United Artists
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

- Doctor.

- Mr. Mokri. Mr. Cameron.

- Nice to meet you, sir.

So we're going to see it, Alex... last, huh?

- Yes, you are.

That is correct, Mr. Cameron.

Proteus Four is now

a functioning system.

We've performed over 6000 tests

debugging it.

Dr. Alex, if this is not a computer

in the usual sense...

...what is it?

Well, it's the first

true synthetic cortex.

A self-programming, goal-oriented...

It's a brain, Mr. Mokri,

an artificial brain.

Creative intelligence that can outthink

any man or any computer.

Its insides are not electronic.

They're organic, like our own brains.

John, give me a number 11 matrix.

At the risk of being simplistic, what

you're looking at is a quasi-neural matrix...

...of synthetic RNA molecules.

They grow. They form their own

intricate and mysterious connections.

They learn things.

Their structure

is the mind of Proteus.

Are they alive?

No, no. Of course not.

Now, each one of these

holographic data banks...

...can memorize perfectly

a dozen Libraries of Congress.

Very soon they will

contain everything.

The sum total

of human knowledge. Okay?

And of course,

we pose our problems...

...and get our answers

on these access terminals.

I have one in my own home.

Alex's house is an electronic marvel,

completely run by computers.

It's more secure than Fort Knox, Barry.

Isn't that cute.

Yes. It's Arabella. She's terminally ill.

Radiation-induced leukemia

in the name of science.

So that's what it is.

- A protein, isn't it?

- Yeah, some sort of oddball protein.

Cutler Institute is synthesizing it...


We gave Proteus all the known data

on leukemia, and in 91 hours of theory...

...without performing an experiment, it

gave us an antigen. Could cure the disease.

- Cure? For leukemia?

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Robert Jaffe

Robert L. Jaffe (born May 23, 1946) is an American physicist and the Jane and Otto Morningstar Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was formerly director of the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. more…

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