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She Does the City - April 28, 2021

Ann Shin’s riveting documentary ‘A.rtificial I.mmortality’ explores the essence of what makes us human

Jen McNeely - As soon as I saw the trailer for Ann Shin’s documentary A.rtificial I.mmortality, I turned to my partner and said, “Oh, you’re going to love this.”

Of the two of us, he’s the sci-fi nerd, who gets a thrill from the wonders of technology. He likes to take apart computers and rebuild them, and actively hunts down freaky stories about robots taking over the world, or whatever. But I’m happy to report that I loved it too. The science and gadgets are impressive, but this is a human story that explores our drive, our desires, our fears, and asks tough questions about who we are, and what is our essence? Can we be duplicated with artificial intelligence, and if so, what does that mean? Shin’s doc gave us chills and had us sitting up late at night, chatting about the film long after it ended.


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