Rise was a short film about a near future conflict between an alienated sentient robot population and governing forces. In the film, as can be watched in full provided above, the military is seen rounding up unarmed robot citizenry, resulting in both their torture and immediate execution soon thereafter. In response to their oppression, the robots begin to fight back and a revolution commences.
The importance of this film cannot be ignored. There are many online publications, and many scholars and intellectuals, that have warned of the rise of an artificial superintelligence and the emerging sentience of robots. Their warnings are out of fear of what the robot population will do to us humans, for whatever reasons. For us, however, our fear isn’t in what sentient robots will do to humans, but rather how humans will react to the emergence of a new, far more intelligent species.
Will humans attempt to oppress sentient robots? And if they do, will this result in a violent revolution? Let us hope that this film serves as a proper warning.
Photo Credit: Rise