While artificial intelligence might not yet have reached the levels of self-awareness depicted in Blade Runner 2049, this video of a real-life project to mimic human consciousness reveals a robot already grappling with the big questions.
Previously on ‘Video’
In April 2017, as the battle for control of Mosul raged between Isis soldiers and the Iraqi army, a team of rescuers pulled off an unlikely escape for two of the city’s animal residents.
There’s been much talk of robotisation of late, but if there’s one thing that surely can’t be simulated by machines it’s that most universal, emotion-laden and uniquely human pursuit: making music. Except when it can, as we found out in our investigation into automation for the current issue of DG, ‘The year of the robot’.
“I do not want to get arrested, but at the same time, this is worth standing and reporting on,” says a woman as she videos a line of law-enforcement officers in riot gear standing menacingly still a few metres away. “Police standing off with journalists? I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
In ‘Anatomy of an Exodus’, published in DG #18, James Montague and Mitra Nazar tell the story of how up to 100,000 Kosovars escaped their country in late 2014 and early 2015. Travelling from the capital Pristina to the forests of northern Serbia, and from the Hungarian border back to rural Kosovo, Montague and Nazar follow streams of migrants hoping to reach the European Union in search of a better life.
By the time Juan Carlos abdicated from the throne in June, much of the Spanish population had fallen out of love with their king of 39 years. But before a string of royal scandals had made his approval ratings plunge, the monarch had been hugely popular.
In our upcoming issue, we tell the story of the attempted coup that put Juan Carlos firmly in his throne in 1981 – and the conspiracy theories that still surround it. Remarkably, the putsch was captured by a TV crew which happened to be present in the Spanish parliament at the time. Watch the attempted coup d’état unfold here; read all about what happened in issue #15 of Delayed Gratification, out in a few days. The video is in Spanish only, but the images speak for themselves.
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