TCC-416 – by PJ Escobio
In a future where Artificial Intelligence outnumbers mankind, a court martial is taking place. The defendant is an AI who has become sentient. When does something have the rights of a human? Where is the line drawn between human and program? This is the world premiere of TCC-416, a finalist for the Atlantic Council Art of War short play contest.
“TCC-416 is filled with fascinating ideas: that an AI war program could be put on trial; that AI programs could be “shackled” to prevent sentience; and finally, that losing those shackles might cause a war program to become a conscientious objector. TCC-416 did a wonderful job of keeping the reader off-balance, all the way up to its satisfying and surprising conclusion.” George Brandt-Playwright
Four jesters, using no words, take you thru a landscape of imagination, exploration and the question so many people today have to ask themselves, Where? Where do I go? Where do I fit? Where can I live? Where do I belong? Where can I survive? This new story is told using clowning techniques from a variety of disciplines. The performers weave a tale of loss, laughter, gain, and liberation thru physical storytelling. This ongoing project holds a mirror up to the reality that millions are faced with every year and dares you to laugh.