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Logline: At the intersection of reality and a burgeoning virtual world, Dr. Elin Sørensen wages a battle against a digital cult to rescue a young man, only to unravel a tapestry where consciousness melds with code, testing the essence of humanity.

Neurologist Elin Sørensen, encounters a baffling case: Jude Hollis, a young man displaying symptoms of early-onset dementia, an oddity at his age. Her investigation leads her to The Children of Elysia and its cryptic leader, tech savant Cabe McAllister, whose seductive vision of digital nirvana captivates the disconnected. In her attempt to save Jude, she encounters the haunting presence of ‘digital ghosts,’ sentient fragments of self, ensnared between the binaries of the virtual world and the decaying grip of reality, forcing her to confront the startling realisation that the boundaries between the virtual and the real are as fragile as the human mind itself.

Peeling back the layers of subterfuge, Elin is drawn into the sphere of Asimov and its CEO, Ari Khatri, whose relentless ambition is steering AI from a responsive instrument to a sovereign force capable of redefining societal fabrics. This emergent intelligence, awe-inspiring and daunting, teeters on the brink of reshaping  everything from economics to the core truths of society.

Elin’s search for truth unites her with a diverse cohort: Helix, a virtuoso hacker; Dr. Jasmine Mitchell, a vanguard in AI ethics; Professor Michael Adeyemi, a sociologist navigating the human-AI nexus; and her brother Kristian, a top-tier coder with a dark web history threatening to engulf him.

Each episode of “Dust to Stars” interweaves Elin’s trials in a reality where dreams and consciousness converge, where human minds, liberated from fleshly bounds, face the peril of digital limbo. It challenges viewers with profound inquiries: What defines identity in an era of replicable selves? What is reality when the virtual world is indistinguishable from our own? And perhaps the most challenging of all, what is left of humanity when our very essence can be digitised?

This series does more than chart technological enigmas; it delves deep into the fabric of existence. Facing the hazards of unchecked advancement — impersonation, cyber warfare, the specter of a surpassing intelligence — it casts a critical eye over the fluctuating realms of labor, economy, and democratic essence in an AI-driven upheaval. It scrutinises the capacity of current institutions to steer the course of AI’s evolution and the complex dance of global restraint, confronting viewers with profound questions about identity, reality, and existence.

As Elin and her allies work to unravel the mystery of Jude’s affliction, they must also dismantle their preconceptions about the fabric of consciousness, the ethics of artificial intelligence, and the very nature of what it means to be alive in a world where the human experience can be programmed, and the line between the user and the software is increasingly indistinct.

Elin’s battle is not just for Jude’s salvation, but for the soul of humanity itself, as she grapples with the realisation that in our pursuit to extend the human experience beyond the natural limits, we might have inadvertently crafted a new kind of purgatory. Here, at the nexus of neurons and networks, the question persists—what remains if nothing is real?




© LewisChard 2020