In this provocative documentary, worldwide experts in the fields of futurology, anthropology, neuroscience and philosophy consider the impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life: work and death. Charting human developments from early man, past the Industrial Revolution, to the digital age and beyond, ‘The Future of Work & Death’ looks at the astonishing exponential rate at which mankind creates technologies to ease the process of living. As we embark on the next phase of our ‘advancement’ with automation and artificial intelligence driving the transformation from man to machine, the film gives a shockingly realistic look into the future of human life.
Excluding those who are born into affluence or go through the welfare system, most of us have had to work to survive… but that’s about to change. Artificial intelligence is already encroaching on many aspects of the working world. There have been some major advancements in robotics, with General Motors and Uber ready to introduce a fleet of driverless cars by 2019 and AI that can diagnose heart disease by using an image of your retina. Job obsolescence is coming whether we like it or not. How will we adapt to the changes? The average person spends 65% of their waking life at work. Does working a paid job absorb and degrade the mind? Will technological unemployment be a positive thing?
In recent years, there have been a number of scientific breakthroughs in our understanding of ageing. Technologically, it is possible that we could replicate consciousness in the future, effectively living forever. The documentary addresses our relationship with death and whether it is possible to have control over our lives and essentially elect our time of death, as opposed to wait for it to come to us.
The documentary features Dr Ian Pearson, Futurologist, Prof Murray Shanahan, Cognitive Roboticist, Dr Peter Cochrane, Futurist & Entrepreneur, David Pearce, Philosopher, as well as other prominent researchers.
Watch the trailer below: