Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: To track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands. With control of the future and the fate of the world at stake, and dark forces from Ethan's past closing in, a deadly race around the globe begins. Confronted by a mysterious, all-powerful enemy, Ethan is forced to consider that nothing can matter more than his mission--not even the lives of those he cares about most. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Artificial Intelligence Season 10, Ep 2
James O'Keefe was removed from ethics-challenged right-wing ambush muckrakers Project Veritas over allegations of misusing donator funds. And Now: Mike Huckabee's Show Looks Like Fun. Main story: Artificial Intelligence, the dangers it poses and the ways that it falls short, for now at least, of its promise. On Youtube (28 minutes). [more inside]
Struggling to survive with her father after the collapse of Earth's ecosystem, 13-year-old Vesper must use her wits, strength and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the future.
A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David (Haley Joel Osment) is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee (Sam Robards) and his wife (Frances O'Connor). Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final acceptance by humans or machines, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both vast and profoundly thin. [more inside]
Brilliant toy-company roboticist Gemma (Get Out's Allison Williams) suddenly becomes the caretaker of her orphaned 8-year-old niece, Cady (Violet McGraw, The Haunting of Hill House). Unsure and unprepared to be a parent, and under intense pressure at work, Gemma decides to pair M3GAN, her new AI-powered doll/companion prototype with Cady in an attempt to resolve both problems--a decision that will have unimaginable consequences. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The World Cup in Qatar Season 9, Ep 30
This week... Elon Musk has been running Twitter for three weeks now and it hasn't been going great. And Now: People On TV Have Some Thoughts On Thanksgiving Foods. Main story: the World Cup comes to Qatar, a nation with some serious problems. A million people are coming to a tiny nation that casually threatens journalists, a nation that will now simultaneously host a plethora of human rights abuses and the world's biggest soccer tournament. On Youtube (25 minutes). And Now: People On TV Interrogate The Important Question: Do You Say Pecan Or Pecan. Finally, this is the last episode of Last Week Tonight for the season, and so we return to AI image generation, along with a whole bunch of clowns on unicycles. "Why do unicycles exist?" Why, indeed.
A quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity's unlikeliest last hope.
Long ago, Earth's terraforming program sent ships out to build new homes for humanity among the stars and made an unexpected discovery: a planet with life. But the scientists were unaware that the alien ecosystem was more developed than the primitive life forms originally discovered. When the Old Empire fell, the scientists were on their own. [more inside]
Humanity has started to spread among the stars, terraforming worlds and beginning uplift experiments. But their inner demons get the best of them and the crowning achievement of Doctor Avrana Kern is sabotaged. What will emerge from the wreckage and how will she keep tabs on her work? [more inside]
2038: George Almore is working on a true human-equivalent AI, and his latest prototype is almost ready. This sensitive phase is also the riskiest as he has a goal that must be hidden at all costs... being reunited with his dead wife. [more inside]
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Measure of a Man Rewatch Season 2, Ep 9
It's Data's day in court when Starfleet scientist Bruce Maddox, eager to dissect and replicate him, argues that androids don't have rights. Picard, naturally, has a response to this. [more inside]
Westworld: Passed Pawn Season 3, Ep 7
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. [more inside]
Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who's determined to help her learn and grow.
Star Trek: Short Treks: Calypso Season 1, Ep 2
A marooned astronaut (played by Aldis Hodge) wakes up on a seemingly deserted starship (voiced by Annabelle Wallis).
A woman is held captive by a Software engineer in a futuristic smart house and hopes to escape by manipulating the A. I. program that controls the house. [more inside]
Westworld: Phase Space Season 2, Ep 6
We each deserve to choose our own fate. [more inside]
Westworld: Virtu e Fortuna Season 2, Ep 3
Beauty in individuals; the fight for survival. [more inside]
The X-Files: Rm9sbG93ZXJz Season 11, Ep 7
In a world of ever-increasing automation and artificial intelligence, Mulder and Scully find themselves targets in a deadly game of cat and mouse. [Official synopsis] [more inside]
A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones allows a woman to come face-to-face with the younger version of her late husband. [more inside]
Humans: Season 2 Season 2, Ep 0
Niska attempts to sacrifice herself to get synths legal standing. The older synths face various trials and tribulations, while newer synths and humans are added to the fray. [more inside]
Person of Interest: Reassortment Season 5, Ep 8
Reese and Finch become trapped in a hospital that becomes ground zero for a deadly viral outbreak. Also, Samaritan's newest recruit has second thoughts and Shaw continues to struggle with reality. [more inside]
The 100: Red Sky at Morning Season 3, Ep 14
Clarke and the others try to convince Luna to help; Jasper smiles; Raven and Monty make a discovery; Monty gets a few special moments; Murphy, Indra, and Pike implement their plan. Naturally, not everything goes as it should. [more inside]
Person of Interest: B.S.O.D. Season 5, Ep 1
Reese and Finch rush to resuscitate what is left of the Machine's source code; Root fights for her life after being targeted by Samaritan. Meanwhile, Fusco is forced to deal with the aftermath of the events that victimized Elias and Dominic. [more inside]
In Duncan Jones (nee Zowie Bowie, son of David)'s debut feature, astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell in a celebrated showcase performance) has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, alongside his computer companion GERTY. Despite not storming the box office, Moon (trailer) drew comparisons to movies like Solaris, Alien, and 2001, found critical praise (though not universally), won several awards, and still maintains a healthy following seven years later. (Some links contain spoilers)
A young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I (Alicia Vikander). [more inside]
Bladerunner meets I, Robot meets AI. Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against altering themselves. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity. (IMDB) [more inside]
Person of Interest: Control-Alt-Delete Season 4, Ep 12
The government's head of Samaritan (Camryn Manheim) starts to question the methods and intentions of the program; reports of vigilantes surface.
Person of Interest: If-Then-Else Season 4, Ep 11
SITUATION LETHAL MULTIPLE STRATEGIES AVAILABLE TIME TO ASSET DESTRUCTION: -00:00:13.527 EVALUATING STRATEGIES..
Elementary: Bella Season 3, Ep 4
When a potentially groundbreaking artificial intelligence software program is copied from its safe room, Sherlock agrees to take on the case, but enlists Joan's assistance in solving it when he becomes more interested in disproving the computer's abilities than finding the thief. Meanwhile, Joan confronts Sherlock about his motives after she learns he has been in direct contact with her boyfriend, Andrew, without her knowledge. “I don’t understand the question. Can I have more information?”
Person of Interest: Prophets Season 4, Ep 5
In which a golden boy political pollster discovers the harsh realities of campaigning in a digital dystopia, Harold reminisces about the Machine's formative years, Reese goes to anger management, and Root finally meets her adversary's avatar.
Person of Interest: Deus Ex Machina Season 3, Ep 23
The Machine and government surveillance are put on trial, and the judgement may fundamentally change the order of things. Season finale.
Person of Interest: A House Divided Season 3, Ep 22
Alliances and rivalries get reaccessed as the major factions make their move. This is the second to last episode of the season. [more inside]