Hi, Ai - Love Stories From the Future

With an AI, you have to keep your sentences short and to the point. This piece of advice is given to Chuck as he's picking up his new robot partner Harmony fresh from the factory. On the other side of the world, in Tokyo, the cute robot Pepper is moving in with Grandma Sakurai, arranged by her son, so that she feels less lonely. But soon, Pepper turns out to be a rather headstrong character.

How will we live together with artificial intelligence? What will we win, what will we lose? The documentary shows us tomorrow's world today.

"Der Film beobachtet das Aufeinandertreffen von Menschen und Maschine mit großer Aufmerksamkeit, ohne schulmeisterliche oder moralische Besserwisserei, dafür aber mit subtiler Ironie... 40 Jahre später ist das, was einst eine Science-Fiction-Fantasie war, Wirklichkeit geworden, wovon der Dokumentarfilmessay „Hi, A.I. – Liebesgeschichten aus der Zukunft“ von Isa Willinger auf fulminante Weise erzählt.“ (Filmdienst)

„Hi, A.I. ist einer jener wunderbaren Filme, bei denen man nicht aufsteht, weil man auf keinen Fall etwas verpassen will. ... Die beeindruckende Doku über künstliche Intelligenz – ‚Hi, AI‘ – zeigt, wie Roboter unser Leben revolutionieren werden. ... Faszinierend und zugleich verstörend.“ (ttt – titel thesen temperamente)

„Ein sensibler und intelligenter Film, der eine starke bildästhetische Vision verrät, die seinem Sujet entspricht. Gleichermaßen distanziert wie traumhaft erzählt der Film in klaren, tableauhaft komponierten Bildern.“ (Max Ophüls Awards)

Director’s statement
“There are a lot of unknowns here” – statements like this one I heard again and again from scientists of all disciplines as I was working on the film. The shifts that machines that can learn will bring about don’t have any reference in our past. And yet, there’s one thing everybody knows: artificial intelligence and robots will impact our lives more and more.
In the future world, the humanoid robot is a kind of a super-attractive interface. As such it acts as a door opener for AI into our homes and our hearts. The film takes the humanoid shape and its emotional potential as a starting point and a main thread for its journey. But for me it was just as important to look underneath the surface and ask about the disembodied systems behind the face. About the possibility of an artificial consciousness, about AI’s potential to bring totally unfamiliar variables into play, and about the consequences when super competent systems are not completely aligned with human goals. What did I experience during our shoots? Hopes, seduction, fantasies of creation, of control and of loss of control. And in-between all of this, people who handle their robot companions in an astonishingly poised manner.

Funded by FFF, Media, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film. Produced by Kloos&Co. Medien GmbH, coproduced by ZDF

See also: www.hiai-film.de