‘NEXT’ Pits Marvel Star John Slattery Against Technology Scarier Than Howard Stark’s

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As you may be reading this article on your phone, FOX has a new drama about the dangers of technology. In AN ATH, artificial intelligence threatens mankind, so tech mogul Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery) tries to heed the warning. Slattery is famous for its duties on it Desperate housewives, Mad Men and in Marvel movies like Howard Stark.

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Iain Slattery Jean Whiteside / FOX

Slattery was on the panel of the Television Critics Association for AN ATH. He talked about how believable the story of his new show could be. AN ATH air Tuesday at 9pm on FOX.

John Slattery says ‘NEXT’ is not sci-fi

In the Marvel movies, Howard Stark was a technology pioneer who paved the way for his son to become an Iron Man. Forward THE NEXT, instead, Slattery is just dealing with existing technology.

Next Star John Slattery
Iain Slattery | Ed Araquel / FOX

“The first command of the show is that we don’t do a sci-fi show,” Slattery said. “The worst use of this AI is the biggest fear. This will give the mixture to the safe baby gun. It’s a pretty simple equation that ends with potentially terrifying results. Perhaps not the most conceptual use of the AI ​​is so intimidating. It’s the simple stuff. ”

‘Next’ technology could be more lethal than Stark Industries

Stark Industries has invented JARVIS technology which is an artificial intelligence that will help Iron Man. Slalattery warning AN ATH viewers about the simplest technology already running their lives.

Iain Slattery and Fernanda Andrade
Iain Slattery and Fernanda Andrade Shane Harvey / FOX

“Waking up and seeing zero in your bank account, these simple opportunities could follow,” Slattery said. “It’s an unusual attack for us to fight together and so give it time to go somewhere else. It’s a manhunt without one, with an indefinite ticking clock. ”

The technology is not so bad

Slattery was also sure to give credence to some of the advanced practices of artificial intelligence. But, AN ATH have fun with all the scary applications.

“There was a story in the New York Times about AI being used to determine if a tumor is a cancer,” Slattery said. “They do a biopsy in real time. The patient is on the table. They have to take the material to the laboratory, freeze it, extinguish it, look at it through a microscope while the person is on the table, waiting to see if the surgery is going on. on or do you sew the man and go home. AI is being used to do that a hundred times faster and with different types of cancer. ”

FATHER: John Slattery
Iain Slattery | Jean Whiteside / FOX

Slattery sees how even this kind of technology could lead to a catastrophe.

“The issue in this show is that you take that technology and that information, and you take away the assumption that that information is in the best interest,” Slattery said. “If it were convenient, [it could] let it know you may have something you don’t have and it will allow you to get brain work that you don’t need until you are on the edge while doing what it wants to do. When you think about it, the ripples are abstract. ”