RIS­ING PAST MOR­TAL­ITY

It’s a scary thought: tech­nol­ogy that can merge hu­mans and ma­chines is rapidly mov­ing out of the realm of sci­ence fic­tion and into re­al­ity

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY MOVIES -

Paul Bet­tany is con­vinced the eerie tech­nol­ogy fea­tured in his new movie Tran­scen­dence will be com­mon­place in his life­time.

In the film, Johnny Depp plays a ter­mi­nally ill sci­en­tist whose mind is up­loaded to a com­puter, grant­ing him power be­yond his wildest dreams – and his 42-year-old Bri­tish cos­tar says the story is not as far­fetched as some people think.

“I spoke to a pro­fes­sor at Cal­tech (the Cal­i­for­nia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy),” Bet­tany says.

“When I walked into the room he was look­ing at a slice of the hu­man brain while lis­ten­ing to Wag­ner.

“I asked him, ‘How far fetched is this tech­nol­ogy?’ and he said, ‘In 30 years’. I said, ‘You mean we will be able to upload hu­man con­scious­ness – thoughts, feel­ings, his­tory … ?’ And he said, ‘Yes’. It was a ter­ri­fy­ing thought that they are uni­fied in the opin­ion that we have al­ways been on a col­li­sion course with tech­nol­ogy and the next stage of our evo­lu­tion will in­volve ma­chin­ery.”

Tran­scen­dence is out now.

Mor­gan Free­man and Paul Bet­tany in Tran­scen­dence

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