An unusual case involving a robot polarizes opinion in the Jeffersonian this week as Brennan and Booth investigate the death of Ian Goldberg, head of Social Cybernetics, a tech firm on the cusp of providing companions for profoundly autistic children.
With such a noble calling, and a bright future ahead, the team question why someone would want to murder the company's boss. And if not some one, could the murderer be AMI, the company's empathetic AI at the center of their groundbreaking development?
As the investigation unfolds, the mystery brings out varied thoughts and feelings on the future of artificial intelligence among the team.
Meanwhile, as Brennan's 40th birthday looms, she decides to shake things up with some secret plans of her own.
We've seen the episode a little early, thanks to our friends at FOX, and have a collection of teasers to share with you. As always, our report steers clear of outright spoilers, plot reveals and any major character moments that might ruin your enjoyment of the live experience. We do suggest proceeding with caution though, as we're keenly aware that one person's teaser is another's spoiler and all that. Besides, who are these ScreenSpy people anyway?
Meet Ami, the Cute Autonomous Robot Killer!?!
A case involving a company called Social Cybernetics, an adorable A.I. called AMI, and the case for Transvergence (that’s a future point at which robots become indistinguishable from humans, fyi) all serve to spark the God/Science debate between Brennan and Booth again this week.
In fact, Ami succeeds in brings out strong feelings in just about everyone she meets.
While Aubrey shares the opinions of a radical group called Robo-pocalypse who fear that AI will one day slave or overthrow humanity, Booth’s more measured approach leans towards their lack of instinct, gut feeling, and soul as factors against their one day overtaking us all.
Following an initial meeting with Ami however, Brennan is approximately 80% impressed and 20% jealous of her robotic friend. (Yes, the ‘J’ word gets flung around a lot this week.)