2018 | 79 min | Netherlands
Directed by Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting

Australian Premiere

Presented by 




Head of Programs for Science Gallery Melbourne / University of Melbourne
Political Economist, Journalist and Professional Speaker / Founder at Future Crunch

Speaking @ More Human Than Human

Local Peoples & Matters Journal

Speaking @ More Human Than Human

More Human Than Human explores what it means to live in the age of intelligent machines. In this personal, playful and at times dramatic quest, the filmmaker finds out how much of his creativity and human values are at stake as he builds his own robot to replace himself as a filmmaker.

More Human Than Human explores the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and its effects on our lives. Artificial Intelligence was once the realm of science fiction and futurist visions, but it is part of our current reality. Self-driving cars, autonomous drones seeking their next target or government agencies mining our personal data, we are surrounded by smart machines already. Increasingly, we expect machines to know what we want and understand us when we talk – just ask Siri.

As we take a look at the history and current state of AI, filmmaker Tommy Pallotta takes us a step further as he builds his own robot to see if it can replace him as a filmmaker. He and his team design, build, and program the robot to think autonomously and test if it can direct and interview him. Leading them to question, “Can AI replace us as filmmakers and storytellers?”

More Human Than Human instigates this debate between futurists and sceptics, about the potential of Artificial Intelligence. The filmmakers take us on a quest of understanding these innovations, opposing views and challenging our aspirations for the future of man and machine.

More than just an exposé on the pro and cons of this new technology, the filmmakers’ journey takes them to the world’s leading AI experts and robot pioneers confronting them with the existential questions that artificial intelligence begs us to ask such as: What are the values and ideas these scientists built into their creations?  Has the artificial intelligence revolution taken us to the verge of witnessing the birth of a new species? Why are humans so driven to create a new species that might make themselves obsolete? How are our lives changing by these smart machines, what do they give us and what do we lose?

CLASSIFICATION: Restricted to persons aged 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult