Michael Emerson on ‘Person of Interest,’ Artificial Intelligence, and the TV Landscape

Michael Emerson as Harold Finch. (photo: CBS) Let me start by pointing out how surreal it is to discuss the rise in artificial intelligence with Ben Linus from Lost. Okay, it wasn’t exactly Ben Linus. But it was the actor behind the role, Michael Emerson. We met in an upstairs lounge at the Knickerbocker Hotel in midtown to discuss Mr. Emerson’s current gig, CBS’ Person of Interest. On Person, Mr. Emerson portrays billionaire tech genius Harold Finch, whose artificial intelligence creation The Machine can predict crimes before they happen. Unfortunately, no machine exists to stop the person who originally scheduled us to meet in the packed H&M Times Square across the street. Mr. Emerson’s voice — quiet, thoughtful and intelligent – is better suited to an area without thousands of tourists attempting to…


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