The Great Leap Forward

Travel with science reporter Ranga Yogeshwar, as we investigate the technology behind Artificial Intelligence development in Europe, USA and China.

Here we’ll get an insight into the forefront of Artificial Intelligence and how it already revolutionizes our scientific understanding and has helped propel human society forward by light speed.

But how will Artificial Intelligence continue to change our societies in the future?

As of today, the AI algorithms can detect the early onsets of Parkinson’s disease, it spots cancer and can control our cars and aircrafts.

The rapid growth of AI offers many opportunities, but also many dangers.

AI can be used to create sound and video recordings that will make it more and more difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction. It will make the world of work more efficient and many professions superfluous.

Algorithms can decide on whether to grant loans, who is an insurance risk and how good employees are.

In China, the AI is used for widespread surveillance. The Chinese city of Rongcheng is already using an AI-supported “social credit system” to monitor and assess its citizens.

Does AI pose a danger to our personal freedoms or democracy?

Which decisions can we leave to the algorithms – and which do we want to?

The Great Leap Forward
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  • Release date2019
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Tilman Wolff
  • Production companyDeutsche Welle