Following on from the success of its Futures Past season last April, the IFI will present Dark Skies: A Festival of Science Fact and Fiction Film from July 13th to 16th. Presented in collaboration with Science Gallery Dublin, the festival will include a selection of new and classic films, including a free screening of Roy Cohen’s documentary Machine of Human Dreams.
With the financial backing of the Hong Kong government, Ben Goertzel believes he finally will realise his lifelong dream of developing human-like artificial intelligence using software that mimics the complex operation of the human mind. Assembling a ragtag team of experts to assist him, the eccentric researcher sets out to create functioning, reasoning humanoid robots. But as pressure mounts to deliver results to his investors, stories about his past enterprises expose the human consequences – and potential limits – of his ambitions.