Panel discussion featuring journalist Maggie Jackson (Distracted: The Erosion of Attention & the Coming Dark Age), critic Joshua Rothkopf (Time Out NY), author Jason Zinoman (Shock Value), roboticist Chris Bregler, and Roger Shank. Moderated by Motherboard editor-in-chief Michael Byrne.
"Colossus: The Forbin Project." In the granddaddy of "technology run amok" films (released in 1970), the eponymous NORAD-sized supercomputer is designed as nuclear failsafe, but before you can say HAL (or Skynet, or the Matrix), the computer becomes self-aware and turns against its human masters.
Bizarrely forgotten, Colossus was actually produced before 2001 but delayed because its studio was so upset by the film's grim flippant tone. Nowhere as grave and bloodless as your standard Luddite paranoid fantasy, Colossus is actually closer in spirit to Strangelove, with its wry literate script, crisp pacing, mordant take on human folly and increasingly odd twists-notably when Colossus puts its scientist-creator's every move (including sexy time) under surveillance.
Director: Joseph Sargent. 100 min. 1970. 35mm
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