Science Goes To The Movies: ‘Transcendence’

26:41 minutes

In Wally Pfister’s new thriller Transcendence, Johnny Depp plays an AI 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 AI.

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Segment Guests

Stuart Russell

Dr. Stuart Russell is a professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Kavli Center for Ethics, Science, and the Public 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.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.

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