Science Goes to the Movies: ‘Transcendence’

26:41 minutes

In Wally Pfister’s new thriller Transcendence, Johnny Depp plays an A.I. researcher whose consciousness is uploaded to the Internet…with disastrous consequences. This week in “Science Goes to the Movies,” our scientist-film critics Stuart Russell and Christof Koch explain what it would take to “upload” a mind, and what really worries them about strong A.I.

Segment Guests

Stuart Russell

Stuart Russell is a computer science and engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California.

Christof Koch

Christof Koch is chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Washington.

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About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for Science Friday. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.

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