Humans, Gods and Technology | VPRO documentary | 2017

What will our world look like 25 years from now? Watch this lecture about the meaning of life shaped by technology in a near future.
Nobody knows how our world will look like in 25 years. Perhaps our work is taken over by autonomous robots and we become the slaves of the technology we have created ourselves. The big questions about the future of man and his relation to technology are presented to two important thinkers of the moment: Kevin Kelly and Yuval Noah Harari.
Kevin Kelly is a writer of influential works such as What Technology Wants and The Inevitable. Kelly sketches the inevitability of technology and even sees technology as an autonomous evolutionary system. Artificial intelligence becomes commonplace for everyone and will help us analyze difficult issues and challenge them to reflect on who we are. Kelly is convinced that we are already seen as Gods by technology and that robots will also believe in their own Gods.
Yuval Noah Harari is a writer of books about the history of Homo Sapiens and Homo Deus. Harari sketches the history of tomorrow and analyzes the way in which we create our own illusions; illusory institutions such as religion, states and money. We believe in gods because we want to be them ourselves. Harari sees a society with inequalities where some people can upgrade themselves to gods and others will remain vulnerable and mortal.

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2017.
© VPRO Backlight October 2017

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Director: Rob van Hattum
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.

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  1. Every movie, n video game, teaches love n empathize with robots as we do with people. If we treat them bad it stains us? Wat!? When I toss the hammer after I'm done using it that stains me? Shut the fuck up. Their ones and zeros with circuits not god made with souls. Class dismissed. Atheists go fuck ur unsure selves. We have souls. Fuck the 'if I can't see it it's not real' bullshit.

  2. I remember a city planning meeting. The question was What do we want to be? I think historic you stupid people. Now the history is gone the city is destroyed. This is the direction I see here.

  3. Egg heads lost in their own disillusion and egocentric anal retentive self importance
    It's always make the world something different than it is without respecting what it is
    The Earth doesn't require humans so called
    humans so called require
    Fix overpopulation resource exploitation inequality poverty ignorance bigotry
    egoism greed hoarding ….
    Then talk about becoming self ordained
    so called
    Inane muppets with shallow voices


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