Person Of Interest's Creators Had To Fight For The Show To Include A.I.Charlie Jane Anders5/15/14 4:14pmFiled to: person of interestexclusivetelevisionartificial intelligencejonathan nolangreg plageman6320EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkPerson of Interest is one of the most fascinating explorations of artificial intelligence in pop culture. But executives originally pushed for the show to avoid mentioning where Finch's "irrelevant" numbers came from at all, according to creator Jonathan Nolan. The show's producers also told us what's next in season four.AdvertisementWe were lucky enough to have a lengthy phone interview with Nolan and his fellow executive producer Greg Plageman. And they talked to us about the insane season finale that just aired, and how this show is going to pick up next season. Here are ten things we learned — if you want to read the complete unedited Q&A, click here.The network didn't want this show to discuss A.I. explicitly.AdvertisementNolan tells io9: The show has always been about AI. We try to make no bones about it. There was a juncture very early on in the development of the show, where someone asked us the question: "Well, do we ever have to explain where the numbers come from? Do we actually need to know that there's a machine at all?" And Greg [Plageman] firmly said from the beginning, "No, no, no. You need to understand that this is about A.I."Nolan believes that we could have A.I. in real life before the show ends its run."We think we're closer to A.I. in the real world than people imagine at this moment," says Nolan. "You've got two massive companies in a headlong rush. Two very rich individuals, Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg, who are vying to build AI, right now." An "enormous amount of money" is being poured into this idea.Sponsored"We think that some form of AGI or some roughly human-like form of intelligence will emerge in the next 5-10 years, potentially within the run of the show," adds Nolan. "We'd be delighted by that — as long as it's not the one that enslaves us all immediately."The Machine Gang will keep trying to save irrelevant numbers in this new dystopiaThe season ended with a pretty intense view of a new surveillance dystopia, where "deviants" and other potential subversives are being tagged. Will our heroes keep saving random "irrelevant" numbers in the middle of all that? Absolutely, says Nolan.