Sunday Short Theatre – Forever (2020)

They warned us through books and films, we can clearly say AI technology is a big part of lives. It might still be in it’s infancy, it’s terrifying to know this technology could be determine what happens in our lives. In this weeks Sunday Short Theatre, Forever AI algorithms determine a life changing move is correct or not.

This seven minute experimental animated short film comes from LA based Mitch McGlocklin. Following an insurance agent who learns his new applicant has been refused life insurance. The company using A.I. algorithms saying his client is ‘too risky’.

This is an existential film, a film that makes you wonder what does this A.I know about us. Or should we say what this AI is judging us on? McGlocklin has based this film on personal experience, do these systems lack resolution? how about the power to understand humanity or any other philosophical questions?

This film uses the experimental technique of LiDAR, to capture things (volumetric filmmaking). A film that suggest a lot more is going on than we expect.

A life insurance company uses an AI algorithm to determine the risk of a new applicant. The subsequent denial sparks a period of introspection for the individual in question.

“Forever” is deep and dense, it conveys various emotions, questions the audience, it is the layered tale of the disembodiment of our world through algorithms and artificial intelligence – addressing it from a political, visual and philosophical perspective. The stunning, abstract, pointillist animation highlights that loss of meaning, of bearings as it is now a machine that observes and makes decision about our own lives, based on data. This panoptic fantasy has become reality, the invasion of our private lives is extremely potent and made tangible through the point of view of AI.

Source: Short Of The Week