[Screening moved to Friday, July 31, due to rain.] Speaking of the future, or lack thereof, fans of life on earth may want to read this item from Monday’s New York Times. It will give you all something to talk about while waiting for the sun to go down before Thursday’s Movies on the Block.
Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, along with hundreds of artificial intelligence researchers and experts, are calling for a worldwide ban on so-called autonomous weapons, warning that they could set off a revolution in weaponry comparable to gunpowder and nuclear arms.
In a letter unveiled as researchers gathered at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires on Monday, the signatories argued that the deployment of robots capable of killing while untethered to human operators is “feasible within years, not decades.” If development is not cut off, it is only a matter of time before the weapons end up in the hands of terrorists and warlords, they said.
(We know we know, replicants aren’t robots per se, but can be part of the broader discussion of what the hell are we doing?)
Sundown, Thursday, July 30, MotB, Grant’s Block, Westminster at Union Street (directions)