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(Avi Wei­der, USA). 86 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: Avi Zev Wei­der’s am­bi­tious look at the in­ex­orable creep of tech­nol­ogy into ev­ery as­pect of hu­man life of­fers some ter­rific in­sights into its sub­ject from futurists like Sherry Turkle, Kevin Kelly and Ray Kurzweil, who’s still hump­ing his sin­gu­lar­ity prophecy.

There are some in­trigu­ing ar­gu­ments about the de­vel­op­ment of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, in­clud­ing the sug­ges­tion that the Un­abomber’s in­fa­mous man­i­festo made some oddly valid points about our re­liance on think­ing ma­chines. But the over­all im­pact is hob­bled by Wei­der’s in­sis­tence on fo­cus­ing about a third of the movie on his strug­gle to raise his new­born triplets – con­ceived by ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion and there­fore a handy en­cap­su­la­tion of the movie’s ar­gu­ments. It’s frus­trat­ing to see a com­pelling the­sis re­peat­edly de­railed by the film­maker’s whin­ing about stom­ach bugs and lost sleep. Apr 29, 7:15 pm, Royal Cin­ema; May 1, 1:15 pm, Cum­ber­land 3; May 4, 4 pm, ROM The­atre.

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