Can a robot be a true friend? How do we deal with a rapidly ageing population and fewer resources to care for our loved ones? What is companionship and can a machine be a substitute for a human companion? Second in a quadrilogy of short films exploring topical issues within the field of artificial intelligence – Friend in the Machine presents fascinating insights from academia and industry about the world of companion robots and asks what it means to be human in an age of nearly human machines.
The film premiered at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and Cambridge Film Festival in Oct 2017.