News breaks that a group of MIT scientists has developed a new super-intelligent computer with the ability to think independently. However, federal officials quickly impose a ban on the computer when it is let onto the Internet and shuts down hundreds of websites.
Stephen Kendrick (Keith Langsdale), a former MIT professor, was a source code writer for the project but now runs a super-computer at another university. Inspired by a budding relationship with Jane Hurst (Cate Damon), a Yale philosopher who lost her husband to cancer, Kendrick hatches a plan with his colleague Alan Moss (Jim Lobley) to use Kendrick’s own copy of the MIT software with his super-computer. As an FBI investigation closes in, the two scientists secretly dare to ask this colossally intelligent computer the ultimate question: Is there evidence for God and a spiritual framework for life?
“The God Question” is an intellectual film that broaches the great question: Is there a God? A computer named Ivan is asked the question (yes, asked, because this is an intelligent super computer that talks back), then the voice-activated computer is asked if it is capable of making such a decision.
One of the scientists wants to understand why an unfeeling computer that has never loved or been loved, felt anything, or can demonstrate faith, would be asked such a question. The computer must ponder what the scientist says.
This movie is presented our Dove Seal for all ages, although it is not intended for the young due to its scientific and sophisticated themes. There are a lot of intellectual ideas shared in the movie and the very young will become lost, bored, or both. However, the movie makes clear that one must experience life and have the ability to demonstrate faith before one can decide God does not exist, or that He does.