Artificial Intelligence

Terminator 2 and Craig Knoblock Feature in AI Ethics Video

The science fiction film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a mayhem-laced blockbuster that also exposed ethical issues in AI, is now 25 years old. According to a new video on the film site A.V. Club, those issues – including the dangers and possible futures of AI – are as relevant now as they were in 1991.

The video features Craig Knoblock, ISI’s research director for information integration and a USC research professor of computer science, addressing AI’s current and future capabilities. Knoblock points out that some of the film’s projected scenarios, like the ability to visually identify a specific type of motorcycle, are now reality. Unlike Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, who have cameos in the video, Knoblock stresses AI’s potential for immensely positive societal change.

While the 11-minute video Terminator 2 took aim at the ethics of artificial intelligence wanders off onto tangents about star Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator-fueled political career and producer James Cameron’s distaste for CGI, it eventually returns to Knoblock and its premise.

The video was created jointly by A.V. Club and Chicago-based documentary and commercial producer Scrappers Film Group.