Documentary directed by Tilman Wolff and Ranga Yogeshwar. Produced by DW Documentary. Runtime 42 minutes.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing our lives. It touches on all aspects of society – private life, business, security — including in the spread of fake news and the challenges posed by the advent of autonomous weapons.
This documentary looks at the rapid change digitalization is causing as it unfolds. In particular, breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are opening completely new horizons. In their film about AI, Tilman Wolff and Ranga Yogeshwar examine the role AI plays in the spread of fake news. They also consider a future with robots and the risks and ethical questions posed by the development of autonomous weapons. To address these issues, they travel the globe to speak with leading experts. AI can generate perfectly forged sound and videos, making it effective for purveying fake news. Discerning the truth from fiction will become increasingly difficult. Technology will streamline work, making some jobs surplus to requirements. Software will pilot self-driving cars and aerial drones. AI is rapidly opening up new vistas, but turning blind corners at speed can be risky. How sensible is this type of progress, and at which point should society step in and set limits to its development?
DW Documentary is a project of Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster.