Two teaser trailers, the fist voiced over by Morgan Freeman and the second by Johnny Depp have been released for Wally Pfister’s 2014 sci-fi film “Transcendence”
In the first, Morgan Freeman asks what humanities next evolutionary step might be…
Whilst Johnny Depp describes the point at which an Artificial Intelligence’s analytical power becomes greater than the collected powers of humanity, commonly referred to as “The singularity” as “Transcendence”.
The official synopsis for Transcendence, due to be released on the 18th April 2104 states:
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
Transcendence is the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, best known to date as Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, and is written by Jake Paglen, currently at work on a script for the sequel to Prometheus.
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