THE NEUROSCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY OF ONE 2 ZERO
THE BRAIN AS A PREDICTION MACHINE
VOCHE is a keen predictor both as a vocation and innately. Several scenes depict him dodging physical harm and finishing people’s sentences. It is his ex-wife that reveals how his ability is simply an enhanced macro version of what the brain does all of the time, below the level of conscious awareness. This ability is both his saving grace and his Achilles heel, as he ends up predicting an important event incorrectly.
DYSFUNCTIONS OF THE BRAIN
JENKINS, is the ‘accidental’ inventor of the new AI machine, under suspicion for having simply ‘pressed the wrong button’. He is a man who now shows signs of an (fictional) ailment called blind cognitive action syndrome in which he performs one task instead of another even while aware of it.
His character is a key factor in the exploration of how much control our unconscious ‘mind’ has in our daily lives and shines light on the relation between those two realms.
CONSCIOUSNESS AS AN ALGORITHM
The film One 2 Zero has two dramatic devices that explore the idea that consciousness can be defined through an equation. The first device is the plot itself, which revolves around mysterious computer files that number in the trillions and are representative of the multilayered, hierarchical, yet democratic organization the brain generates with neural connections. They form a diagram similar to the Integrated Information Theory, a real theory developed by Dr. Guilio Tononi.
The second dramatic device is in the form of an appliance that tests for consciousness. Voche’s mission is to test it on the newly created A.I. machine. At the end of the film he confronts the question of whether or not an equation can create consciousness or prove it exists.
CONSCIOUS AND UNCONSCIOUS COGNITION
Along with a big twist in plot, there is a big twist in theme. The film is not really about consciousness. It’s about the influence of unconscious neural processes. This is shown through the various character motivations through out the film.
The character motivations in the film are all revealed to be unconscious, as in they themselves are unaware of them. The audience is either misdirected or is meant to remain ignorant of certain character motivations until near the end of the film. This not only enhances tension, but it also helps emphasis how much rationalizing we as people do when going about our daily lives.
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE?
Voche’s ex-wife, a chemist, escapes the pain of recent traumatic events by plunging into the world of being something else via chemical drugs. She tells Voche that she’s aced mapping the sensory input of a cat onto the human brain, but not the awareness or phenomenality of a cat.In other words the film exposes the connection and disconnect between sensory inputs and the synthesizing of such inputs as awareness.
CONSCIOUSNESS ON A CHIP?
Most A..I films like Transcendence and Her don't explore whether or not digital consciousness is possible in the first place. One 2 Zero presents this question through Voche and his consciousness test. If the A.I. machine is truly conscious, then humans would theoretically be able to store their consciousness onto a chip. But, is it possible? If so, how? The film presents this very question through a dialog between Voche and his ex-wife, SADIE. The film itself ends with a huge plot twist and a thematic cliffhanger, which further explores this question.