American Museum of Natural History 2019 Margaret Mead Film Festival Presents HI, AI Review — Unconventional Connections

American Museum of Natural History 2019 Margaret Mead Film Festival Presents HI, AI — Unconventional Connections

A young Japanese family commandeers a robot named Pepper, in the hopes she can accompany their aging grandmother. A troubled young man in the American West develops feelings for his lifelike android. 

Is it a romantic comedy? 

Or is it an exploration of the human psyche?

Isa Willinger’s jarring film presents a new and curiously human problem: what does it mean to co-exist with artificial intelligence?

Spanning unnamed environments that point at urban Japan and Silicon-Valley modeled America,Hi, AI delves into the lives of those who interact and attempt to understand the robots that live alongside them.

The American Museum of Natural History Presents Poignant Look into the Future

Quiet music, radio transcripts, and landscape montages interrupt scenes of frustration, passion, and learning with robots. We realize that what lays before us on screen is also part of our everyday lives.

This docudrama offers us a time to reflect, as much as it offers us a new perspective.The film will likely appeal to an audience with some interest in the field of automation and robotics, as well as anyone who is intrigued by the future of work and relationships in our modern world.

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The Margaret Mead Film Festival is a yearly event, held in the fall.  Bookmark the American Museum of Natural History website for early warnings on next year's festival.

About the Author:

Theressa Malone is a writer and editor based in San Francisco, CA, currently working for the Berkeley Review of Fiction. Born and raised in a tiny sheep-village in New Zealand, she is deeply interested in postcolonial literature and theory as it pertains to the constant fluctuations on that Island. When she's not writing, you can find her reading.

She recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Comparative Literature, German Language, and Rhetoric.

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