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Sunday, August 04, 2019
Big Picture Science for Aug 05, 2019 - Sci-Fi From the Future
you ready to defer all your personal decision-making to machines? Polls
show that most Americans are uneasy about the unchecked growth of artificial
intelligence. The possible misuse of genetic engineering also makes us anxious.
We all have a stake in the responsible development of science and technology,
but fortunately, science fiction films can help.
The movies Ex Machina and Jurassic
Park suggest where A.I. and unfettered gene-tinkering could lead. But
even less popular sci-fi movies can help us imagine unsettling scenarios
regarding over-population, smart drugs, and human cloning.
And not all tales are grim. The 1951
film, The Man in the White Suit, weaves a humorous story of
materials science run amok.
So, grab a bowl of popcorn and join us in
contemplating the future of humanity as Hollywood sees it!