William Hurt Calls the Plot of AMC's Humans 'Inevitable"

Thursday, 02 July 2015 - 2:47PM
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Thursday, 02 July 2015 - 2:47PM
William Hurt Calls the Plot of AMC's Humans 'Inevitable"
On AMC's Humans, eerily human-like androids called Synths have become staples in every household, as ubiquitous as iPads and iPhones. While the older models are little more than glorified gadgets, the newer models begin to show signs of sentience, which (of course) is where all the trouble begins. The logical thread from Siri to in-house all-purpose robot assistants is sound enough, but are we eventually going to have self-aware robotic slaves on our hands? Star William Hurt claims that the world depicted in Humans is not only plausible, but unavoidable.

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"From the moment I took a look at it, it was all absolutely inevitable," Hurt told the AP.
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Hurt stated that he has been "riveted" by the subject of artificial intelligence since childhood, and believes that this contributed to his casting in projects such as Humans and 2001's Artificial Intelligence. According to the AP, he envisions a future in which society is taken over by technology, to the point that cell phones are "injected under people's skin like the GPS microchips subcutaneously put in pets."

Hurt may not be too far off, at least if Mark Zuckerberg has anything to say about it. Zuckerberg recently revealed Facebook's vision for the future, which involves every person wearing virtual reality glasses in order to be technologically connected all day every day. Humans are already becoming cyborgs, as a matter of fact; noted game developer Zoe Quinn, for example, implanted a microchip in her hand that is programmed to perform various functions, including downloading code for video games. 

Hurt also commented on the veracity of his character's plotline in Humans; he plays Dr. George Millican, a mechanical engineer who tries to protect his outdated Synth after an illness causes him to lose many of his memories with his late wife. "You have this fascinating relationship that he has with a clearly anthropomorphized robotic who is the repository of the memories of his life with his wife."

Hurt claims that this subplot is perfectly plausible, and believes that humans will inevitably discover a means to upload their consciousness, complete with memory and personality, to a robot receptacle, allowing them to live forever as machines. Once again, Hurt isn't a scientist, but his ideas aren't without scientific basis, as Ray Kurzweil, futurist and director of engineering at Google, recently predicted that humans would be able to upload their consciousness to the iCloud by 2030.

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"I think that that is natural in evolution," said Hurt.
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