DR. CYNTHIA BREAZEAL (robotics expert,
MIT Artificial Intelligence
"If you talk to
scientists and researchers today, many of them will tell you that they got into
the field because of science fiction, because it captures your imagination.
2001: A Space Odyssey had this great character of HAL, which really
became an icon for a lot of people. A.I. is the ultimate HAL. It's what
we're trying to create."
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"Doing the scene (where I
leave David) in the forest was horrible. Because we had shot the whole movie in
chronological order, we had built up a relationship, and I really did connect
with him in terms of what it would be like to be a mother. It was terrible to
watch Haley cry. I think abandoning a child is every woman's
"It's a very basic story
about the love between a mom and the son, but it's set on the backdrop of a
world that's very complex. It's a world that can easily come out of what we are
today, and the audience is going to leave the theatre thinking, 'How are we
going to deal with this in the future, after we make robots too fast, too many
and too good?'"
"To my knowledge, I don't
think Steven Spielberg consulted scientists or engineers as he was writing the
script. I think he viewed the movie as a future fairy tale. He was not trying
to be factual or accurate in how he was trying to predict the future. It didn't
bother me, I saw it as a poetic metaphor."
"In a way, for me, the
message of this piece is that we humans must be very careful about what we
make. Because it will probably outlive us, organically. And therefore, what we
make should be full of love. Because otherwise, what we leave, our legacy, will
be anything but that."