Oppenheimer: Christopher Nolan WARNS of 'Terrifying Possibilities' of AI, Calls for Accountability In Hollywood

Oppenheimer: Christopher Nolan WARNS of 'Terrifying Possibilities' of AI, Calls for Accountability In Hollywood

Nolan, known for his thought-provoking films, highlighted the need for responsibility in the face of technological innovation.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 11:15 PM IST
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In a panel discussion following a special screening of ‘Oppenheimer’ inNew York, renowned director Christopher Nolan expressed his concerns about the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the lack of accountability surrounding its use.

Nolan, known for his thought-provoking films, highlighted the need for responsibility in the face of technological innovation.

HERE'S WHAT HE SAID

During the discussion, Nolan criticized the way some companies casually toss around buzzwords like 'algorithm' without truly understanding their mathematical implications. "These guys don't know what an algorithm is," he exclaimed.

The director also raised concerns about individuals in the entertainment industry who shy away from taking responsibility for the actions of AI systems.

He emphasized that accountability is crucial when dealing with the potential consequences of AI advancements.

The panel included esteemed experts such as Dr. Thom Mason, the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as physicists Dr. Carlo Rovelli and Dr. Kip Thorne. Joining them was Kai Bird, co-author of 'American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.' Together, they explored the intersection of AI and accountability.

ON THE CURRENT STRIKE IN HOLLYWOOD

Touching on the ongoing labor disputes in Hollywood, Nolan drew a parallel between the issues faced by actors and writers and the responsibility that comes with technological innovation.

"When you innovate with technology, you have to maintain accountability," he stated, shedding light on the underlying connection between these seemingly disparate matters.

Responding to a question about the continued examination of Oppenheimer in light of advancements in quantum physics and atomic science,

Nolan expressed his hope for such exploration. Drawing parallels to today's AI researchers, he revealed that they refer to this moment as their 'Oppenheimer moment', seeking guidance from history to navigate the ethical responsibilities associated with developing new technologies that may have unintended consequences.

CAST OF THE FILM WALKED OUT DURING LONDON PREMIERE

Meanwhile, during the London premiere of Nolan's movie, the entire cast made a bold statement by walking out in solidarity with their fellow actors and the ongoing strike.

The use of AI in the entertainment industry has become one of the primary catalysts for the strikes initiated by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA). Failed negotiations between the unions and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) led to the actors' union joining the ongoing writers' strike.

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