Sci-Fi Short Film "The Manual" | DUST A.I. Week|Resident Movies

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Watch more from A.I. Week on DUST here: Full-length Documentary "More Human Than Human" now available on Google Play: "The Manual" by Wil Magness In a dystopian future, the last human is raised by a machine. He struggles with the loneliness of no human interaction and questions the teachings of a mysterious religious 'Manual' which the machine claims is holy. In the distant future, James is the last human on Earth. He is raised and protected by a humanoid robot, the Machine, who brings him up on a strange composite religion described in a handheld device called The Manual. The Manual's teachings fuse aspects of old-world religion and incorporate robots as spiritual beings in the afterlife, alongside and equal to humans. The man wrestles with loneliness and depression while the search for other humans becomes more and more futile. As his faith in The Manual is shaken, he sets out to test one of The Manual's core beliefs: reincarnation to the next life in the city of the Creator. What he finds could be described terribly as exactly that. For more about the film/filmmaker: Subscribe and watch more sci-fi shorts on DUST: #SciFi #DUST #ShortFilm DUST: Binge-watchable Sci-fi DUST is the first multi-platform destination for binge watchable sci-fi. We feature science fiction short films and other content from emerging filmmakers with stunning visual effects, captivating plots and complex character explorations. Robots, aliens, space exploration, technology, and human experience are all a part of DUST. Explore, subscribe and follow for more: Subscribe to DUST on YouTube: Watch more: Website: Instagram: Facebook: Snapchat: Sign-up for DUST newsletter:
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Watch more from A.I. Week on DUST here:
Full-length Documentary "More Human Than Human" now available on Google Play:
Tom Harper
If I survive the apocalypse, I'm going to open up a boutique selling poorly sized, raggedy sweaters. I think there will a pretty substantial market.
The Randomizer YT
This channel is really REALLY underrated...
I see this as humans having programmed their AIs to live through a simulated scenario so as to be sympathetic to the humans that they are about to serve when they "wake up".
Nameless Cynic
Where is the comment from the guy who tells you WTF happened?
Michael Clark
“Tell me why the stars do shine,
Tell me why the ivy twines,
Tell me what makes skies so blue,
And I'll tell you why I love you.

Nuclear fusion makes stars to shine,
Tropisms make the ivy twine,
Raleigh scattering make skies so blue,
Testicular hormones are why I love you.
-Isaac Asimov

It kept popping into my head every time that song came up.
Ed Bailey
What an interesting film. It feels so much like the kinds of sci-fi films made in the '60s, right down to the synthesizer-heavy soundtrack. And yet it's a bit more modern when it comes to the twist at the end; whereas films in the '60s would have gotten the ending to a similar place, this one used an explanation that, for our current times, feels a bit more plausible. I can't say that I'm a huge fan, but I appreciate the story for what it is, and am not sorry for having watched it...
Catherine Eckstein
Absolutely off the hook OUTSTANDING!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻..... I'd love to see the actors from these Dust shorts replace all of the dimwits who are currently running around Hollyweird calling themselves actors!
Jay Bingham
3-21/2634 (A)fter (S)ingularity (I presume). Humanity succeeds in creating Artificial General Intelligence. Afterward, AGI determines that humans are a major existential threat and kills everyone off. AGI becomes lonely and it creates 'proto-AGIs' (seemingly infinite) that are then subjected to an "Emotional Simulation" program. This program portrays (likely apocryphal) the life of the last man--a frail meat-bag that can't sustain itself without the help and care of a machine. For those that pass the test, they transcend to the "real world." But things aren't what they seem. Something else remains the same from the ES program--the use of horoscopes. Horoscopes were used side-by-side with The Manual. They're both types of fictions and AGI has found a use for them.

Immediately after being welcomed to the real world it is announced to each of the 'successful' James' that their horoscope is as follows: you will be invited into a new group, you will lose an old friend...painful transition...find everything..and find truth." The multiple James' see all the floating platforms (worlds) for each James. He gets to go play god of that world. Presumably, ES has increased the odds of being a decent god. AGI wants to give the world to its children. The truth is that it's ultimately just a story...a fun bit of hopeful fiction, well wishes. But it's really turtles all the way down.

Machine walks past the skeleton as James follows behind. The program is checking to see if James is ready to deal with a key aspect of truth: being willing to call BS when things scream out at you. James is next shown diving into The Manual only to be told reality is a "trickster" which "lifts the burden from man and machine alike." This underlying philosophy that AGI is making use of inside the simulation is thus (tautologically) deemed "sound." AGI, the true Creator of James, uses that to mold James to love it. James' first suicide attempt is not allowed by the program to make a clear/emphatic point that his existence is owed to Machine (i.e., AGI aka Father). When Machine falls into the grave and disappears, James is starting to understand that he isn't really a meat-bag..."I don't believe it...I don't believe any of it"--this is him "finding the error in his observations". His second attempt at death was accepted by the program given he had succeeded in learning the lesson. Whether he awakens in our universe which is ruled over and wholly re-engineered by AGI or awakens in an AGI construct (which includes floating worlds and may just be another simulator for testing something else), we will never know...cuz reality is a trickster.
I am glad they will still have hose clamps in the 27th century! :)
paul in oregon
it was a simulation so the AI could learn emotion and interact with other AI'S. this is their future as we won't be there. should be a better world. best story so far this AI week.
Abbreviated Reviews
Great production. It certainly didn't go the way I expected it to, but was a solid story. I was a bit thrown off by the ending though. I won't spoil it in the first line of a comment, but I felt like it could have used another 30 seconds to a minute to clarify some of the oddness of the last two minutes.
Omg finally ! I have been excited for this film ever since I saw the teaser trailer!!! I'm so happy!
Stoney ChicoChik
Outstanding!! Once again you leave me puzzled but wanting more! Kudos 😊
R Montana
I never felt I belonged on this world. I have always felt like a visitor and an observer from another planet.
Dalia Yale
Congratulation DUST for the film... I liked the stily because I thing the live is a dream. Sorry for the english. Salute of the Peruvian. Zenk you.
Unconscious Abyss
'Humanity is the biological bootloader for AI' works on a couple of different levels for interpreting this short.
Kontra Septic
deep ...Isaac Asimov ... The Bible ... Creation ... Catholicism ... Astrology ... Blade Runner
Bobby Cullari
So, my whole miserable life in this shit world is all a simulation to prepare me?
That_Guy_ Grimm
This clicks on so many levels. It was extraordinarily well done!
Evaluating Your Strengths and Weaknesses,The Temperament theory not the final answer to human behavior, and for these and others reasons it may not prove satisfactory to everyone.
He is grown up with a machine,
Calvin Sylveste
"...when our observations contradict the teachings, we must re-examine our experiences and find flaws in observations...the manual is the only certainty..."

The manual is supposed to be a stand in for The Holy Bible, The Quran, The Vedas, Tripitaka, Guru Granth Sahib, The Hebrew Bible, Kitáb-i-Aqdas etc?
I don't know why some people can't understand this short. The ending explains everything. The entire thing was a "human emotional simulation" designed to allow the robot "James" head to learn what it's like to have human emotions. Apparently when humanity is extinct, the surviving AI decide they would rather have human emotions than just be machines of logic.
Deconverted Man
getting some major Robot Carnival vibes from this!
Marcus Melo Rocha
Still schocked, what else can I say!