LookUpNow (LuN) is a riveting 24-minute docu-fiction film featuring Futurist Gerd Leonhard as host, guide and narrator, on the future of artificial intelligence and humanity, directed by Emmy-award winning producer Christopher Sean Nolan. The film premiered on Youtube on August 21, 2023.
It is the first episode in a series of films on AI and the future of humanity currently being developed by Gerd and Chris.
The film proposes that we should embrace AI and harness its positive potentials while at the same time we urgently must consider and address its negative side-effects and unintended externalities. We must use AI as a powerful tool but not let it become a purpose on its own. AI should be used to help us to bring about what Gerd calls The Good Future, but not to replace humans, or to whittle away what makes us human, or to further a synthetic, machine-led society.
LuN explains why we should welcome smart machines (what Gerd calls intelligent assistance aka IA) but not seek to build generally intelligent artificial entities (AGIs) – because in regards to technological progress, it’s competence that matters, not consciousness (quoting Professor Stuart Russell).
Gerd Leonhard is a renowned futurist, humanist, keynote speaker, author and film-maker, known for his insights into the fast-paced changes brought about by technology in various sectors such as society, business, and culture. He has been instrumental in shaping discussions about the future of media, content, technology, business models, marketing, and advertising. Gerd is also the author of the influential book “Technology vs Humanity” which predicted the rise of AI and its ethical challenges.