Johnny Depp waxes philosophical about the Singularity in ‘Transcendence’ trailer

By Adi Robertson | The Verge

Johnny Depp will be the first pioneer in what some scientists (or at least scientists in books, movies, and video games) call the Singularity. Johnny Depp, known here as Dr. Will Caster, is a scientist, but he is a rebel scientist, and likely also a quirky scientist. He calls it Transcendence, which is in fact the title of the movie in which he appears. His actions will be monitored by Wally Pfister and Christopher Nolan, his personage orbited by Morgan Freeman and other Nolan veterans. But all these blips of motion, of human agency, are only fleeting. Soon, an artificial intelligence will overcome the limits of biology. Its analytical quirkiness will be greater than the collective quirk of every person born in the history of the world. And from the precipice of quirk, displayed in ones and zeroes, there may be no return. – “Transcendence” Official Teaser Trailer (HD) Johnny Depp

Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and friend Max, both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can… but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power—to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Director: Wally Pfister

Writers: Jack Paglen

Actors: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins, Jr., Morgan Freeman

In Theaters April 18th, 2014

© 2014 Warner Bros. Pictures

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