..and the winner is.. human fallibility
Can anyone confirm or deny that the switching of envelopes on Sunday evening was requested in order to keep fake news in the news, thereby keeping negative news away from the news? It’s all getting a little bit tedious isn’t it?
The real winner of the evening was human fallibility which is ironically often at the heart of great movie making and often celebrated at these awards. Despite military level preparation a simple human action led to one of the most excruciating five minutes of American television since.. well I’ll leave you to fill in the blanks..
In a week where it has been predicted that Barista’s will be placed by robotic arms and insurance employees are being asked whether they want to begin the man vs machine fight back, this is a timely reminder that we do need to keep a close eye on how we evolve alongside our digital friends to make the world a more creative and rewarding place for everyone.
The engineers won’t like it but we do need to introduce creativity, free thinking and ethical considerations into our future machines and this starts with them not always being annoyingly perfect. This will be one of the greatest challenges we face in the next 20 years.
For all younger readers, type “Rawley Farnsworth” and “Tom Hanks” into your favourite search engine. Tom can now let go of the mantle of “the biggest Oscar shock”. That story had a happy ending and led to the 1997 comedy ‘In & Out’ so those good people at PWC should take heart.
Final final thought
Tom Hanks should have got the Oscar for “Sully” — a brilliant real life story challenging human judgement and spirit vs machine.