Oscar nominee Steve James (Hoop Goals) has been set to direct Thoughts vs. Machine, a brand new docuseries on the lightning rod matter of synthetic intelligence from Oscar winner Alex Gibney‘s Jigsaw Productions, Nearer Media, Nameless Content material, and Emmy-winning producers Alyssa Fedele & Zachary Fink of Collective Hunch (The Rescue Record, The Journey of Their Lives).

Gibney involves the mission after working with Nearer Media and Nameless Content material on the forthcoming documentary Musk, to be distributed by HBO/Common. Throughout the final yr, his Jigsaw has additionally teamed with the businesses on the MGM+ acquired documentary Stressed Goals: The Music of Paul Simon and the Raoul Peck-helmed Orwell on 1984 creator George Orwell, to be distributed by Neon.

As synthetic intelligence bursts onto the world stage – and into our lives – it could appear to be a radical new life kind has immediately been created. However as Thoughts vs. Machine illustrates, AI has been a very long time coming, tenaciously developed by pioneering inventors over the previous 70 years. Even these main scientific minds didn’t predict the sheer energy of their invention – now on the middle of a world arms race – and lots of maintain diametrically opposing views for how one can safely forge a path ahead.

Mixing interviews and archival footage with dramatic recreations, AI visualizations, and cutting-edge particular results, the five-part sequence will provide unparalleled entry to key inventors, scientists, futurists, and thinkers on the middle of AI’s story together with Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun, Ray Kurzweil, Deborah Raji, and Meghan O’Gieblyn. Forward of manufacturing, the group optioned two of essentially the most very important books on the topic – New York Occasions know-how correspondent Cade Metz’s Genius Makers and Meghan O’Gieblyn’s God, Human, Animal, Machine – and is working intently with the authors, with Metz serving as an government producer.

The present will even provide unprecedented entry to the never-before-seen provocative writings of infamous anti-technologist Ted Kaczynski, courtesy of the College of Michigan Library, grappling with AI’s implications for the long run by exploring the non-public journeys of those that introduced us to this important inflection level and by following key gamers within the subject who’re pushing ahead the know-how that can remodel life as we all know it.

“We want to tell the history of AI through the personal lenses of people who have impacted it greatly, and those who are thinking deeply about where humanity is headed,” stated James in an announcement. “This is the most ambitious project I’ve ever directed and the team and I are thrilled to be working with Closer Media and Anonymous Content. I have never felt a more urgent need to make a film than right now on this issue.”

Added Gibney: “This is a critical story to tell at a vital moment. I’m delighted to join forces with my friend Steve James, to tell the story of AI in a way that is dramatically propulsive, thematically provocative and centered around a few of the central characters in AI. We’re going to bring a level of visual innovation that befits the subject. T-Zero. We’re launching.”

Along with Metz, EPs on Thoughts vs. Machine embrace Nearer Media’s Zhang Xin, William Horberg and Joey Marra, in addition to Nameless Content material’s Nick Shumaker, Jessica Grimshaw and David Levine. Nearer Media and Nameless Content material are promoting rights alongside UTA, which reps Gibney and Jigsaw.

A Chicago-based filmmaker finest identified for his Oscar-nominated docs Hoop Goals and Abacus: Small Sufficient to Jail, James has additionally been behind titles together with Stevie, The Interrupters and Life Itself, in addition to the acclaimed docuseries America to Me, Metropolis So Actual, and The Luckiest Man within the World. His most up-to-date movie, A Compassionate Spy, was launched in theaters by Magnolia after world premiering in Venice.

Notable previous credit for Gibney embrace the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Darkish Facet, Oscar-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys within the Room, triple Emmy and Peabody-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Jail of Perception, Steve Jobs: The Man within the Machine, and The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.

James is repped by Seven Summits Footage & Administration.