When Chuck buys Harmony, his future robot partner, he is not expecting her to like books and to talk about transcendental issues. In Japan, the Pepper robot arrives at Grandma Sakurai’s home to help her, but he turns out to be quite scatty … Robots are the new creatures on planet Earth. Are we ready to introduce artificial intelligence into our lives?
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For years now they have been working at business desks and receptions, in malls and as chefs, but now artificially intelligent humanoids have been introduced into our homes and our private lives. “With an AI, you have to maintain communication through short and clear sentences”; this is Chuck’s advice when he picks up his mate, fresh from the factory. Hi, A.I. reveals how coexisting with artificial intelligence will affect our lives, and how robots, in the not too distant future, will be a part of it. An impressive testimony that shows us the future, today.
The fictional documentary Hi, A.I. presents situations where intelligent machines are used to fill the void that loneliness leaves in some people’s lives. Harmony is the name of the woman-looking robot that Chuck buys to end his lonely life and share it with someone. Similarly, in Japan, Sakurai‘s grandson gives to his grandmother a robot called Pepper, a machine that will give her conversation and keep her cognitively active. But things don’t always turn out as expected. The documentary shows that dealing with a robot is not the same as dealing with a person, and in order to maintain coherent communication the messages must be short, clear and unambiguous.
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The documentary also includes the testimonies of people who work in the robotics sector. From their laboratories they reveal some key aspects of artificial intelligence and where we stand in the development of machines in which we can pour our emotions. The film has been nominated in numerous international competitions and, with it, Isa Willinger has won the award for best documentary at the German Max Ophüls Preis 2019 festival. A unsettling film with various perspectives on the present and future of our relationship with machines.