As Hollywood is struggling with a lack of creativity, we suggest film producers consider the timely but novel story in Dan Brown’s Origin. Despite being a nerdy historical fiction writer, Dan Brown is famous because Tom Hanks played his novels’ lead character, historic symbols Professor Robert Langdon, in the big-hit films DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. In Origin, Professor Langdon’s former-genius-student-turned-computer-scientist-futurist discovers not only the origins of humanity but the next evolution of our species. [Spoiler alert: humans become inextricably intertwined with artificial intelligence in the 7th Kingdom of Life known as Technium]. (Side note: We wonder if Marc Andreesen read the book before penning his own version of how AI will save the human race.) Admittedly, just like Hollywood, we only came up with a sequel idea. But Congress did no better this week: a bipartisan bill suggests that a new federal agency should be comprised of experts who can focus on the whole ecosystem of emerging technologies. This sounds like an idea from a few years ago, but that new federal agency idea focused specifically on emerging health care technology and data. Maybe U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s plan for three senators-only briefings on artificial intelligence will generate a new idea, but unlike Kate Winslet in the Avatar sequel The Way of Water, we are not holding our breath.
June 9, 2023 | 3 min read
June 9, 2023
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