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SCI-FI-LONDON is the UK’s leading genre event and an internationally recognised launch pad for genre movies. At each festival we have at least a dozen UK premieres.

The festival is now in its 9th year and will take place Wed 28th April – Mon 3rd May 2010 at The Apollo Piccadilly Circus Cinema, London’s most luxurious cinema.

Plug and Pray
This documentary opens with an old German man struggling to get Microsoft Windows to work on his laptop. It turns out he is Joseph Weizenbaum, a genius and pioneer of computer programming and artificial intelligence.

Then we meet Ray Kurzweil who designed the first OCR system and is a renowned futurist and advocate for AI and robotics.

The film also introduces us to other pioneers and contemporary leaders in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, robotics and cybernetics, from MIT, Italy, Germany and Japan, as they present their latest developments.

They also put forward their arguments for, and against, the use of robots, with Weizenbaum being the strongest and most reasonable voice, and Kurzweil’s the most intriguing.

If you have been watching Caprica, this is like a historical documentary of the early development of Cylons (and we know how that turns out).

Anyone interested in the future possibilities of science and humanity should see this film.

Official Website: http://www.sci-fi-london.com/festival/2010/programme

Added by Craig Grobler on April 25, 2010