Thomas Gibbons’ ‘Uncanny Valley’ Mines The Gap Between Humans And Artificial Intelligence

What is identity? What is self-aware intelligence? Can human consciousness be replicated or fabricated by science? Stoneham Theatre’s production of Thomas Gibbons’  “Uncanny Valley” dips into these questions. The play, which continues through Oct. 23, is a timely offering for those whose interest in artificial intelligence was piqued by another recent production on a Boston-area stage.Many of the themes explored in “Uncanny Valley” are similar to those explored in The Nora Theatre Company’s production of “Marjorie Prime,” which has just completed its run at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge. And just like “Marjorie Prime,” this play didn’t quite seem to close a dramatic circuit around the idea of self-aware machines. “Uncanny Valley” fails to close the gap between the intrigue of core questions about human (artificial or otherwise) identity…


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