The X-Files (1993– )
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In a world of ever-increasing automation and artificial intelligence, Mulder and Scully find themselves targets in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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Glen Morgan

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Chris Carter (created by), Kristen Cloke | 3 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Candus Churchill ... Shirley
Ashley Lambert ... Bigly Customer Service (voice)
Matt Corboy ... Voice of Science (voice)
Sitara Attaie ... E-Norm-Uz Customer Service (voice)
Scott Higgs Scott Higgs ... Whipz Car (voice)
Kristen Cloke ... Wendy (voice)
Nikita Wyllie Nikita Wyllie ... Gydz (voice)
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Mulder and Scully are eating at an all night sushi restaurant, when Mulder walks into the kitchen to see the robots running the kitchen, an AI seems to run it all. When Mulder returns to his seat, Scully gets ready to pay, Mulder insists on buying and while paying one of the screens requests if they would like to tip the staff, which Mulder declines. The AI won't release his credit card. What follows is a slapstick of one misadventures after another until their lives are threatened as the AI is dropping not so subtle hints! Will Mulder and Scully learn from the AI or will it be too late? Written by Movie Dude

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English

Release Date:

28 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Very near the end of the episode, just before the camera pans on Mulder and Scully at the greasy spoon diner, there is a painting which is an homage to Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks", but with robots instead. There was another Nighthawks reference in the restaurant scene after the opening credits, the camera frames Mulder and Scully, like the eponymously named landscape painting. See more »

Goofs

20880 is not Bethesda, Maryland's zip code. The zip code belongs to Washington Grove, Maryland which is 15 miles away. See more »

Quotes

Fox Mulder: [to Dana] Why is your house so much nicer than mine?
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Connections

Features The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »

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Teach Your Children
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Written by Graham Nash
Performed by Crosby Stills Nash & Young
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Misunderstood
18 March 2018 | by tsoderluSee all my reviews

This episode flies right above 90% of peoples comprehension *boom*, and much of it surely above mine. Why? It's based on real and current stuff and not the fictional dystopian distant future.

We already have automated sushi restaurants already and automation is introduced in more and more fast food places all the time.

We have driverless cars which is a subsidiary to the same company who have the only remotely close thing to an actual Ai we know of, called deepmind. Interesting, don't you think?

We have the drones being accused of sending mapping data back to the Chinese government in DHS memos.

We also have robot vacuum cleaner manufacturers selling (or at least planning to) customers mapping data to the highest bidders. Interesting, don't you think?

We have the Fitbit, releaseing where their customers used their products mapped around the world (leading to exposure of military installations for instance) which seems to relate to Scully's step meeter, "pedomeeter" device she has.

The other pink device of scully's, well let's just say I remeber at least 2 separate smart devices leaking customer usage habits..

I don't think we never see the brand on Scully's phone, but Mulder's is especially in your face on at least 3 different occasions, while everything else seems to be just similar brand names or made up. Interesting, don't you think? Is there a reason? Do you know your apps or even chips are secure and not spying on you? I really don't know.

Do you know how much of your habits are being sold for advertisement purposes? Because I sure don't, I just see loads of trackers online devised to get you to buy more products. Customized Ad's follow you around. We do not know which companies share what data with which 3rd parties (look at EULAs), the "to better user experience" clause is true but also a devious trick to get you to accept revoking your privacy. I agree, right?

Also who do you complain to? Automated answering machines everybody hates. Have you ever tried to complain/get support from Google/Microsoft as an individual? Not so easy is it? While this specific scenario in this episode is somewhat ridiculous from a economic view, the other stuff is very very thought provoking.

You can go on to the Amazon echo, Alexa laughing at you randomly currently, behaving weirdly.. What if ever we developed an real Quantum Ai which went rouge, what all could it do with our connected society? Suddenly, this episode is not so crazy is it?

All of the things I write you can find with a quick google search (just search if you doubt me), and I'm sure there are other parallels to be made if you are in the know.. I just follow technology to a quite limited degree actually, since it is related to my job. Surely there are other parallels to be made. Think about it.


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