January 10, 2014
|On the eve of a technological breakthrough, an insignificant janitor and a prominent engineer are faced with a decision that will alter the course of humanity: the release of the first aware computer system into the world.|
In this gritty short film, 1.7 billion lives are at stake as time is running out to sort out the difference between ethics and heroism. With the technician gone, a self-aware machine takes a chance and offers a janitor the opportunity to save humanity and change history.
A choice has to be made, but with dire consequences of self-aware human-level artificial intelligence. This short by Henry Dunham delivers big ideas with a simple set up that highlights the impact of effective writing while utilizing irresistible suspense.
With The Awareness, we have all the elements of a full feature: a character estranged from his family, an egomaniac tech genius, a rogue machine, cops and guns. However, by focusing on creating a short from these variables, Dunham in no way leaves out the gut-punch ride, instead he just saved us 80-minutes of waiting for the good parts. In fact, once the story really picks up the writing is strong enough that this short really grabs you with just a janitor and a monitor screen.
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