I can do a good doco here and there, eh.
I feel I only avoid them because they point out the very real things we see everyday in this hellish landscape that is our Earth (I kid, I kid…mostly).
While some can certainly cause you to curl into a ball and recede into a dark corner, some can also intrigue and have you question meaning and more.
I think that’s what happened after watching More Human Than Human.
In this personal, playful and at times dramatic quest, More Human Than Human asks how much creativity and human values are at stake as the filmmaker builds his own robot to replace himself.
Tommy Pallotta tasks himself with seeking out the advances of AI in our world, and what this means for humankind.
Sprinkling the main plot-line of this robotic cinematographer taking his place, Tommy throws himself around the world, speaking with different experts across multiple fields on the subject.
From the likes of Kasparov’s loss to Deep Blue, to Sophia being made a citizen of the world, it engages the ideas around what A.I. will ultimately mean to us and whether or not it’s for our benefit or detriment.
Leaning more into the positives but acknowledging the negatives, it doesn’t settle on supporting either side. Instead it asks the audience to walk away with their own ideas about what this technology means to them.
Pointing out how we’ve lost sight of some of the incredible developments we’ve made, with our want for fictional tech we’ve seen in film, it starts to unravel the intention of technology and ultimately where it will end up.
I found that by the end I had more questions than answers, but I think that’s kind of the idea. We don’t really know where we’ll end up, but maybe it won’t be because of technology.
And maybe that’s a little scarier to think about.
Starting off thinking A.I. is the end of us all, it managed to convince me of a resolution where maybe it's not so clear-cut and that what's More Human Than Human is something we might miss out on.
XENOJAY.COM was supplied with a screener of the film for review, and you can check it out at the DocEdge Festival 2019.