Looks like it’s raining AI content this year. After Ex machina and Chappie, we do have “Humans”, a new TV series by AMC. The storyline is set up in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly developed robotic servant that’s so similar to a real human its transforming the way we live.
Honestly, I expected this series to be an “I Robot” alike, but in fact I am impressed with the first episode both from its acting and the completeness of this initial ‘view’ into an alternative world. The Pilot touched few soft spots by showing how Humans can get attached to robots which left me in a disturbing state of mind. Is this what we are heading to, when these synths (robot) will cost no more than a car – can cook – garden – iron and engage in pretty lifeless ‘conversations.
The Human’s pilot story goes deep and seems to go deeper and deeper. The development of the characters are nicely well made and not boring at all, usually it’s the boring part but here not. It was interesting to see the subtle reference to Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Humans manages to separate itself from other robotic clones with good production and bizarrely alluring performance. It’s definitely worth more meetings beyond the initial introduction. The concept of Synths becoming self-aware and sentient is not new but there’s a good potential for this angle since it’d naturally pique curiosity of authority if robots can adequately mimic human.
I would like to follow this show and see how it progresses forward as AMC has delivered some amazing shows (The Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead etc.) so I do have some good hopes from the same. Here’s the official trailer for your viewing pleasure:
Let us know your take on the Humans Pilot?