Us vs the Machines

Selriel By Selriel, 13th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a review for 2014 film Transcendence starring Johnny Depp. After a long rage against the machines, let us find out who is much better.


Dr Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is a preeminent researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, working on an experiment that combines intelligence of everything with full range of human emotions. Being famous on his career, he became the prime target of anti technology extremist. However, in their attempt to bring him down, he turned indestructible by becoming participant of his own transcendence.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Ray Kurzweil, the pioneer of artificial intelligence wrote a book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. According to him, all learning results from massive hierarchial and recursive process taking place in the brain. Take the act of reading - you first recognize the patterns of individual letters, then the patterns of individual words, then groups of words together, then paragraphs, then entire chapter and books. Once a computer can recognize all these patterns, it can read and learn.

Human brains itself are amazing pattern recognition machines. The patterns were uploaded into computers using rules and codes. Computers can mimic human brain or perform even better.

Machines Capabilities

Like Dr Will in the movie, people have natural craving for intelligence. It doesn't reach its full potential power in small units. Every additions expands its knowledge and became more powerful.

Intelligent machines won't be a hazard to humans. Instead, they contribute uniquely to human makes. One best example would be for personal and business use. Computers handles the hardest computation that human couldn't make in seconds. Same with smart phones which can perform various activities for different purposes which can make human's life easier. Here comes the Google driverless cars, which enable not only navigation but can recognize traffic and schedulea faster than human. In medical field, diagnosing illnesses is done better with machines.

Us versus the Machines

The question, Who is better, is a wrong mentality. Machines were created by men for great reasons. These inventions will be adverse only if were operated to cause injuries or innihilate another human. We must bare in mind, whatever powerful knowledge we have and whatever more brilliant machines created we cannot surpass our own Creator. Only God can give Life and He is the One who takes it back.


Computer, Computers, Gadget, Intelligence, Johnny Depp, Machines, Transcendental

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An accountant who is fond of writing poems.
I love being a writer, it gives us the opportunity to tell stories, to create a character, to design a situation and be God of our own writing.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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