“Take control” This Planet of the Apes 4 actor joins James Cameron’s camp against AI

Culture news “Take control” This Planet of the Apes 4 actor joins James Cameron’s camp against AI

Published on 05/15/2024 at 3:35 p.m.

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Artificial intelligence is taking an increasingly prominent place in creation and even in everyday life. This technology, which was still a “chimera” in the 20th century, became established in just a few years. James Cameron spoke out in the face of this advent that he saw coming 40 years ago and he found a major ally to lead this fight… an actor from Planet of the Apes The New Kingdom.

The return of a cult SF saga

One of the greatest and oldest sagas in science fiction is returning to cinemas in 2024 with the ambition of launching a new trilogy. Spoiler alert: Planet of the Apes 4 The New Kingdom has already collected 135.6 million US dollars at the box office after only 5 days of release in its domestic and international market. Better yet, the film directed by Wes Ball is mostly praised by critics (80% on RottenTomatoes) and the general public (79% on RottenTomatoes). All the lights are therefore green for the start of construction on a sequel. Noa and Mae/Nova played respectively by Owen Teague and Freya Allan (The Witcher on Netflix) could then explore this post-apocalyptic Earth in more depth.

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Kevin Durand, James Cameron’s ally against AI

This new episode of the Planet of the Apes franchise completely renews its cast with confirmed actors and actresses as well as the new Hollywood guard. Alongside the aforementioned Owen Teague and Freya Allan stands the imposing Kevin Durand. Known for his roles in The Butterfly Effect, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Resident Evil: Retribution, this actor of Canadian origin plays here the big villain of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes : the self-proclaimed heir of Caesar… Proximus Caesar.

During an interview given to the JV editorial team by Kevin Durand, the latter returned to his attachment to the Planet of the Apes franchise and his discovery when he was younger. He said he was “fascinated” and “terrified” by these talking monkeys. The 1968 film even made him want to become an actor. He also recognizes his ability to question humankind and the consequences of our way of life on the environment. He ends up talking about artificial intelligence which, according to him, could dominate humanity within a decade.

Now we have artificial intelligence which every night during our sleep becomes 1000 times more intelligent than the day before. What will happen? Will they take control in 10 years? 15 years? I don’t know. This generates a lot of questions for me.

This comment on AI is reminiscent of James Cameron’s multiple positions on this subject. I have to say that the director of Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day is well placed to talk about it given that he predicted the advent of this technology…as well as the eradication of human beings by machines. In a recent interview, he goes a little further by stating that he had sounded the alarm, but that the (scientific) world turned a deaf ear.

I warned you in 1984 and you didn’t listen. We are on the path to a Terminator-style scenario, where artificial intelligence (AI) spirals out of control and poses a threat to humanity. -James Cameron


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