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'Chappie' stirs up questions about artificial intelligence

Some of the biggest names in tech have warned about the dangers of creating AI, and machines that can think are at the center of Sony's upcoming film. CNET's Bridget Carey asks the movie's stars to weigh in.

What is consciousness? Can it be calculated into a computer program? The upcoming Sony Pictures movie 'Chappie' explores the possibilities of artificial intelligence in the not-so-distant future, and how it could change everything for humanity.

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The Chappie robot isn't a far-fetched concept when you look at the progress being made today in robotics. DARPA's walking robot Atlas doesn't need support or power cords. Google's robotic dog doesn't fall over when kicked. And researchers developed a computer that can teach itself how to play games.

Anxiety is high these days over artificial intelligence, as some of the biggest names in technology -- including Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk -- have spoken out against creating super-intelligent machines.

Perhaps this is a perfect time for a movie like "Chappie." In this episode of CNET Update, I sat down with the stars of the movie, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley, to get their thoughts on living in a world with conscious robots.

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