Standby at the door

2017 | 78 min | AUSTRIA
Directed by Markus Mooslechner

Followed by panel discussion

Presented by 


Toby Walsh 
Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW and leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He was named by The Australian newspaper as a “rock star” of Australia’s digital revolution.

Alana Maurushat
Senior Lecturer, Academic Co-Director of the UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre. Alana specialises in information technology law.

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow 
Co-founder and Executive Director of BioFoundry Australia’s first DIY-Bio space for citizen scientists and entrepreneurs. 

Featuring world’s leading philosophers and academics, including: Sam Harris, Nick Bostrom, Richard Dawkins, Hugo De Garis and Ben Goertzel, SuperSapiens is a mind-boggling exploration of ‘consciousness hacking’ and what our collective future may look like when man merges with machine.

As artificial intelligence rapidly blurs the boundaries between man and machine, we face an astonishing question: are we witnessing the rise of a new human species?

Humanity is facing a turning point — the next evolution of the human mind. Will this evolution be a hybrid of man and machine, where artificial intelligence forces the emergence of a new human species? Or will a wave of new technologists, who frame themselves as ‘consciousness-hackers’, become the future torch-bearers, using technology not to replace the human mind, but rather awaken within it powers we have always possessed?

As the scientific community and the military seek to finally unmask the matrix of human consciousness, the film poses a questions: can we risk this discovery? Can we prevent ourselves from going too far?

To quote former US president Barack Obama, “There are fewer and fewer technical constraints on what we can do. That places a special obligation on us to ask tough questions about what we should do.”

SuperSapiens heads hard towards the event horizon of AI, looking at the current state of technology and asks, ‘who is driving these advances and what are the real-world consequences of creating a mind more advanced than our own?’.

An inspiring vision, a dire warning, and an inevitability that we cannot ignore.


*This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.