A Stunning Short Film About a Robot With Memories   

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The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Feb. 15 2012 6:28 PM

"Archetype": Special Effects Master's Stunning Short Film Depicts a Robot With Memories

If only AI: Artificial Intelligence had been more like this.

A stunning short film released on YouTube tells the story of a robot warrior who is mid-battle when memories of a past life as a human come crashing through his consciousness. "Archetype" was created by special-effects expert—or "concept artist," to those in the industry—Aaron Sims, who has worked on Big Fish, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and many other blockbusters. Sims is hoping that buzz from the seven-minute (well, five minute, if you exclude credits) clip will generate buzz, so he can make his story into a feature film. Note: There's some NSFW language in the video below.

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Sims spoke with the Singularity Hub about the project, saying that there is "something so amazing about what might become of [humanity] as we live forever inside machines, not just in robots. What makes us a person?"

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Torie Bosch is the editor of Future Tense, a project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State that looks at the implications of new technologies.