Where to watch Sunny, the new series that deals with AI

Where to watch Sunny, the new series that deals with AI
Where to watch Sunny, the new series that deals with AI

Rashida Jones (Los Angeles, 1976) co-wrote one of the most remembered episodes of Black mirror (Nosediveheaded by Bryce Dallas Howard) and played Mark Zuckerberg’s lawyer in the film Red social (2010), by David Fincher. He now stars in and produces Sunnya series on the Apple TV+ platform (premiering this Wednesday) in which she plays a grieving woman who must deal with the robot her husband designed especially for her.

Spread out over time, all these projects might not mean any particular interest. But just listen to the star of Parks and Recreation to understand that technology is a topic that attracts him and towards which he has a critical view.

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“I think it’s a reminder that we are alone, even though we were sort of sold this idea that we would be more connected and feel global. That it would make us feel the same and make us feel seen. But I think we can now safely say that that’s not always true, that sometimes the same technology makes us feel more fractured, more separated, more lonely“, he says in dialogue with Cult.

The actress gives this interview from Japan, one of the countries at the forefront of technological development. There, in Kyoto, she filmed the ten chapters that make up Sunnythe series in which she plays Suzie Sakamoto, an American woman who at the beginning of the story is still coming to terms with the news that the plane in which her husband and son were traveling has gone missing.

His confusion and pain are then tinged with rage.when Sunny, a robot created by her partner, appears at her door. A husband who, she now finds out, did not work for a refrigerator company, but for a company that developed machines designed to accompany humans.

“Suzie is looking for something to hold on to. I think in a way she is a bit of an optimist, because she is looking for a reason to believe that the life she had was real. And that is not always true as this mystery unfolds. She discovers things that betray her and that (prove that) her life was not what she thought,” explains Jones, going on to highlight the challenge of embodying her character.

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“I’m not a method actress or anything, but I feel like it has to be real to me if it’s going to feel real to anyone else. Living in that kind of darkness, in my own feelings, can be difficult, so I had to find ways to let it go at the end of the day, or at the end of the week, or at the end of the shoot, so I don’t have to carry that burden for the rest of my life”.

A mix of thriller and black comedy, the series focuses on the evolution of the relationship between the protagonist and the robot that gives the series its name. Suzie overcomes her initial rejection and, almost without realizing it, forms a bond with an entity that seems cold when dull, but that seems to have genuine feelings and plausible ideas (actress Joanna Sotomura contributes with her voice and expressions). In this way, she becomes an emotional support and an ally as she fights to discover the truth behind her family’s disappearance.

The actress and the rest of the team were filming in Japan when ChatGPT was bornthe popular app developed by OpenAI. That milestone for artificial intelligence had no influence on the creation of the project (based on the novel The dark manualby Irish writer Colin O’Sullivan), but it will surely have some degree of impact on viewers’ readings.

“(ChatGPT) really changed the landscape in a way that was both extraordinary and a little bit scary,” says Katie Robbins, the show’s showrunner. On the one hand, she acknowledges fear about the potential implications for the screenwriting profession, “but at the same time, AI has the capacity to do great things. The kind of artificial intelligence sphere that Sunny is inspired by, this concept of human-robot interaction, has great potential.”

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“AI is going to be integrated into our lives in a pretty impactful way,” says Rashida Jones, who has a more detached view of such technological innovation. “I’ve always thought that the idea of ​​humans trying to develop these things that are like us seems like a strange way to go about it.” a psychological investigation into our own humanity“It’s almost like you can create a mirror and make it feel like we do, and through that we try to figure out what it means to be human.”

Sunny “It’s very much about what it means to be human. Is it inherently lonely to be alive? Is it really possible to connect with someone else without completely opening your heart and risking being betrayed or lied to, as happens in the show? And can you do that with a robot? Can a robot feel in place of a human? Can it replace the human as a means of connection?”

These are questions that invade your head and that hopes that the audience can be held as the season progressesShe also hopes that you will like the way the story portrays Japan and that the experience will be as enjoyable as she had during filming.

“Suzie moved to Japan to escape her life and, in a sense, to be alone. I personally like being in Japan, not necessarily to be alone. But it’s a very different feeling than being in the United States,” she says. “There’s a level of care and generosity that is expected of Japanese people, and they extend it to people who are not Japanese. I feel very welcome here as a foreigner. I know it’s not my culture, but I feel very welcome to participate in some way, as long as I do the same, to respect it.”

 
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