(New York) – Artificial intelligence, or A.I., is a transformational technology that is uniquely bound to who we are, how we view ourselves, how we evaluate our toughest problems, and how we struggle to solve them. The latest in a long line of innovations that have revolutionized the world, artificial intelligence is already all around us and promises to grow in ways that many may find hard to fathom. A new two-hour special that showcases some of the most extraordinary developments and tackles some of the important questions about artificial intelligence, THIS IS A.I. premieres Thursday, June 21 at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel and on Science Channel on Friday, June 22 at 9PM ET/PT.
THIS IS A.I. explores some of the most exciting advances in artificial intelligence and its current and future power to transform disciplines and industries. From driverless cars to personal robots, to healthcare, and childhood education, we are already beginning to see how artificial intelligence is fundamentally changing our daily lives.
The advent of A.I. technology raises issues that need to be discussed and problems that need to be solved, but the overwhelming consensus among scientists is that A.I. has the potential to solve some of humankind’s most difficult problems. We’ll hear from leading computer scientists and technology experts, including Dario Gil, IBM’s Vice President of A.I. and Quantum Computing and one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject, as they help illuminate what A.I. is and what it’s becoming. They also reflect on philosophical issues surrounding A.I., as well as its transcendent promise.
THIS IS A.I. is produced by RadicalMedia in association with the Original Content Group and Discovery Studios for Discovery Channel. THIS IS A.I. was created by Charlie Foley, and Foley and Vaibhav Bhatt developed the special. Foley and Vaibhav Bhatt are executive producers for the Original Content Group. Dave Sirulnick and Jon Kamen are executive producers for RadicalMedia. Andrew Fair is executive producer for Ogilvy. The director is Paul Bozymowski. John Hoffman and Jon Bardin serves as executive producer for Discovery.
About Discovery Channel
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About Science Channel:
Science Channel, a multi-media business unit of Discovery, Inc. is the home of all things science around the clock, including series such as MYTHBUSTERS, OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE, WHAT ON EARTH?, HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS, UNEARTHED, and MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED. Science Channel’s programming also included timely, expert-driven specials covering breaking science news and discoveries. Science Channel is the premiere TV, digital and social community for those with a passion for science, space, technology, archeology, and engineering, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Science Channel assets including: Science Channel television network, available in more than 63 million homes in the U.S; complimentary Video On Demand offering; SCI Go app allowing viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime; deep video, interactive storytelling and virtual reality at www.sciencechannel.com; and conversations on Science Channel’s popular social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat via @ScienceChannel.
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