We don't know how to control super-intelligent machines. How long until a thinking machine -- a smart killer robot, for example -- learns to program itself?
Cosmologists propose that the universe was until recently a lifeless collection of particles. But they have ignored a critical component of the cosmos because they don't know what to do with it. This component, consciousness, is an utter mystery. How did inert, random bits of matter ever morph into Obama or Lady Gaga?
I believe that if we make the effort to listen, we can hear our hearts guiding us. And if we think we can ignore its wisdom, we will lose our way. Eventually we have to face up to our past choices. But doing so gives us an opportunity to bring our love and compassion into the world by listening to our wise hearts.
Besides the Great Boyhood snub of 2015 -- and Eddie Murphy affirming he's purged all personality/humor -- this year's biggest regret surrounds Eddie Redmayne beating Michael Keaton for Best Actor.
So how would I react to a Hollywood conjured representation of a nightmare that I am forced to live every day?
Of course, since this is a Wachowski offering, the visuals are frequently stunning in an overwhelming manner, and scene after scene is quite entertaining. There is a problem, though, with the casting.
I'm joined by actor Eddie Redmayne, the Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated star of the hit film The Theory of Everything, which portrays the story of real-life theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. In the clip, Eddie shares how his own outlook on life has changed after having interacted with Hawking and others impacted by ALS.
Which of the two potential achievements -- the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligent life or the development of human-matching thinking machines -- will constitute a bigger "revolution"?
I was able to speak with Lisa Bruce about what compelled her to make the movie Theory of Everything , and what impact the story has had on her.
The Theory of Everything in the end is about everything. About the cosmos. About the existence of God. What can be scientifically proven and what can not. Disabilities, which we all have in a myriad of different ways, and what we do with them. It's a love story.
As I write this, an elegant little crow has landed on the table of my luxury hotel room's balcony overlooking Burj Al Arab. Yes, it's like that here, a mix of celebrity, cinema, sweeping man-made landscapes and the best that nature has to offer.
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As mathematician, I became curious about the newly released movie The Theory of Everything, which depicts the real life story of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.
In the end, it's not clear to me that the goal of films like The Theory of Everything is or should be didactic. In fact, the film strikes me as a beautifully crafted, feature-length example of a larger efflorescence in recent years of creative, engaging projects about science.
Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking, from his days as a Cambridge grad student in physics to his breakthrough years as a faculty physicist. It also deals with his marriage to Jane (Felicity Jones), who weds him even though he's been given a death-sentence diagnosis of ALS.