Synopsis: A technology reporter gets a week of exclusive access to the world's first perfect artificial intelligence. When the reporter begins a relationship with the scientist who created it, the A.I. begins to exhibit startling and unnerving emergent behavior.
Director(s): Matthew Leutwyler
Production: Accelerated Manner
  2 wins.
91 min


You sneaky so-and-so.

Oh, you poor silly bastard.

Are you ready for the waterfall?

Mr. Kressen?

Who dares to interrupt

this monumental battle?

Joy Andrews is here.

The reporter

from High Tech Quarterly.

Joy Andrews.

The reporter from...

High Tech Quarterly.

Yes, go ahead and send her up.




And mate.

I think it's putting it mildly

to say

you're a bit of a mystery.

Most people don't graduate MI with a BS in Computer science

and Masters

in Mechanical Engineering

- at the age of 20.

- Nineteen.


And those that do

usually join a think-tank.

Or apply their knowledge

in broad, greater good ways.

I get that.

But when a Simon Castle

presents you

with an opportunity,

it's very hard to turn down.

It's even harder

to negotiate terms.

Right. And why all the secrecy?

I mean, you've been a recluse.

- I wouldn't say it's that bad.

- No?

I basically have a blank check

to explore any field I want.

This workshop has been like

an intellectual Darwin bubble.

The work done here

has progressed

with very little input

from outside academia.

The world of academic science

can be a little stagnant.

Ideas tend to be reactive.

Back and forth

and you get these

little ego-driven Eddy currents

that slow overall advancement.

People focus on minutia

just to get a paper published,

with very little desire to be

the first to the next big thing.

When Castle started

Castrole Computing

from his garage, Mm?

He had a vision

that wasn't beholden

to any previous notions

of what a computer system

could do.

This, Workspace 18,

is the modern day

application of that.

To give one person

unfettered freedom

and unlimited access

to do something amazing.

Well, it looks like

you're drinking the Kool-Aid.

I guess so.

Everything I've built

over the last decade

was cooked up on this table.

- That's a lot of Terabytes.

- Petabytes.

- What's that?

- Feel it.

It's warm.

It's realistic,

durable skin substitute.

It can actually generate

and emit heat signatures

that match body temperature.

That patent's already through.

But in three years,

that will be the gold standard

covering for prostatic limbs.

Feel that.

- It's light.

- Aerated titanium.

That has the same

physical kinematic properties

and weight balance

of human bone.

We bubble argon through it.

But tensile strength

like an airplane fuselage.

The eye is probably the single

most complex component

of the human body,

but with this camera,

we're able to convert

a hemispheric, fisheye image

into a planar representation

that allows a computer to see it

in a way that is analogous

to the way we do.

So you're talking

about robotics?


I used to study robotics.

Grad school type stuff.

I know. That's why Castle chose

you for this article series.

He really enjoyed your paper

on Subsumption Architecture.

That was my dissertation.

My unfinished dissertation.

I never technically defended it.

Doesn't mean

it wasn't on Castle's radar.

Maybe he had you in mind

for a workspace of your own.

Once upon a time.

Look, these are amazing feats.

But if you know half as much

about my work as you seem to,

then you know this stuff

isn't really new to me.

I've done a bunch of pieces

on emerging tech,

and I tend to be my editors

go-to on all things robotic.

I get why I'm here,

I just don't get why I need

a full week of access

to interview you.

It won't take me that long

to write about

what I've seen here today.

Follow me.


I hope I didn't offend you.

These things are amazing.

The eye especially will make

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