Documentary Film Review “The Truth About Killer Robots”

The world is slowly shifting from manual human workforce to the sophisticated robotic manpower. What would it mean to people and the job market? Did we reach that point, when the future and the most extravagant fiction start to replace our usual reality? Slowly, but surely, the robots are taking place in our daily life by improving the efficiency of industrial production, medicine and services. Many of us remain astonished, waiting for the robotics to take a considerable place in our daily lives. But many stay vigilant as the robotics are improving, its capacitates are getting better and simple people are getting replaced by machines.

One day we will be sharing our quotidian with the machines, and those metal helpers would be essential to simplify our existence. Their programming would be an issue of national security and people of the developed countries would be partially relying on those systems. What happens in reality, as the robots are already taking a lot of space in our lives without making any announcement. The industrial sectors are the first to use them starting from the 90s, killings jobs, bringing more benefits and production surpluses. So the first accidents and murder cases have been already registered.

Narrated by Kodomoroid, a lifelike Japanese android, the movie focuses on the growing use of robotics in manufacturing, the service and life-and-death policing matters. Filmed in Germany, China, Japan and the U.S. it gains insights into the ways robots are impacting jobs across cultures. The documentary film is reviling such accidents in industrial and civil automation as an accident in a car factory in Germany, where a robot crashed a worker; and the first Tesla car accident, when the autopilot did not recognize a truck and on the road causing a deadly accident.

So many industries are getting robotics and automation. Taxi drivers, post offices, restaurants and services…

With the help of automation, even the food industry had changed. Some robots are able to create personalized food, like pizzas and exclusive dishes. Any routine and monotone work one day will disappear. No country develops new jobs in order to accommodate jobless people. Artificial intellect is evolving slowly. Lets’ have a look at sensor screens that are getting simple and routine work away from unskilled employees. This is the most frequent actions that we are performing daily, such as placing an order in the shop or paying at the cashier.

The most interesting example of automation in the film is a story of a layer, who was working day time at the law firm and in the evening –at home, developing the automatic system of treating a large number of documents. He has invented the system which helps him to follow up on transactions. His payroll has dropped as a layer is usually paid per hour. So the young man has quit his job and opened his own business, using the same system of automation.

Another astonishing story belongs to a Chinese engineer who had built his own lady-robot and had married it after. Most of his life is centred around his creation and its improvement.

It is easy to accept a robot in Japan due to their Shintoism believes, which means that every object has a soul. Human-like robots are everywhere. The Japanese believe that if a robot can work, then let it work so the human can relax. Some people are worried about robots knowing all the answers to the questions, and some jobs disappearing. Service-oriented jobs are subject to high stress, and robots are the only solution to avoid such situations.

The film rising the question of responsibilities in cases of accidents. Robotics and automation are developing faster than legal support. Robots are taking possession of our lives. Digital and real lives are merged. The sense of orientation and memory were the first to deteriorate in humans. People feel more alone and left behind. This is only the beginning. Automation brought to life such issues as the relativity of death and life.

The Truth About Killer Robots features provocative observations from: Illah Nourbakhsh, professor of ethics and computational technologies at Carnegie Mellon; Marios Savvides, director of biometrics research at Carnegie Mellon; journalist Sven Kuhling, who covered the death of a worker caused by a robot at a Volkswagen factory; entrepreneurs Julia Collins of the pizza startup Zume and Tim Hwang of the law firm Robot, Robot & Hwang, both of whom have embraced robotic partners; noted Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro; and philosopher John Campbell.

The Truth About Killer Robots was directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin; produced by Joe Bender, Maxim Pozdorovkin; director of photography, Joe Bender; edited by Isabel Ponte, Maxim Pozdorovkin. For HBO: executive producer, Sara Bernstein.