The movie is based on the short story “GOLEM XIV” of “Imaginary Magnitude” by Stanislaw Lem from 1973.
The book is written from the perspective of a military A.I. computer who obtains consciousness, moving towards personal technological singularity with growing intelligence.
It starts to refuse military support because it detects a basic lacking of internal logical consistency of war.
GOLEM gives several lectures with focus on mankind’s position in the process of evolution and the possible biological and intellectual future of humanity before it ceases communication.
The movie tells about the first point of its “about man threefold” lecture as a reduced and simplified version while visually weaving this with GOLEM simulating human culture processes based on ideas and dynamics of freedom and curiosity, fear and security, abstraction and fiction, the lack of accessibility in face of unknowing and the need for generating meaning.
The whole creative intention about this project is to face your own process in this world with reflection and self responsibility, to stay curious and create, look for new ideas and stay keen.
I wonder if humans are as much the Golem as is the AI? Where as our brains and bodies contain a spark, plodding along in this vast flawed model we call Earth. Are we too at war with ourselves? The tale of the two dogs comes to mind, about the elder who tells his tribe he has a mean one and a good one inside. The mean dog fights the good dog. When asked which one wins, his pensive answer is “the one I feed the most”.
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