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6 Sci-Fi Movies AI Geeks Should Watch

Artificial Intelligence is one of the hottest topics of the hour. With highly advanced research and experiments being carried out on the subject, a new array of possibilities have been unleashed, bringing the odds into the domain of practicability. This technology had been a subject of popular fiction much before it became a household talk with AI equipped smartphones. Television show Small Wonder which came out in 1985 remained a hit even in the 90s, fascinating the audience with the idea of a human-like robot.

Likewise, here’s a list of 6 movies (released after the year 2000), showcasing the potential of AI. While most of them still show a far-fetched reality, there are yet a few which have successfully managed to convince us of the possibility of such kind of a future.

1. Artificial Intelligence: AI (Release Year:2001)

In the not-so-far future the polar ice caps have melted and the resulting rise of the ocean waters has drowned all the coastal cities of the world. Withdrawn to the interior of the continents, the human race keeps advancing, reaching the point of creating realistic robots (called mechas) to serve them. One of the mecha-producing companies builds David, an artificial kid which is the first to have real feelings, especially a never-ending love for his adoptive ‘mother’, Monica.

This is one of the earliest movies made on Artificial Intelligence. It was released when AI was still pretty much restricted to fiction, it showed how a machine is also capable of having human-like emotions.

2. I, Robot (Release Year:2004)

In 2035, highly intelligent robots fill public service positions throughout the world, operating under three rules to keep humans safe. The protagonist, Detective Del Spooner investigates the alleged suicide of U.S. Robotics founder Alfred Lanning and believes that a human-like robot murdered him. With the help of a robot expert, Spooner discovers a conspiracy that may enslave the human race.

The movie showed that a highly intelligent AI could be capable of having a free will, and the necessity of creating boundaries while developing a self learning software.

3. The Machine (Release Year: 2013)

In an attempt to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a self-aware, fully conscious cyborg for the Ministry Of Defence. Intended as a super-soldier, Machine turned out to be more human and moral than anyone expected. ‘I’m part of the new world,’ it impassively told its creator. ‘And you’re part of the old.’

The movie yet again shows the flip side of infusing consciousness into machines. And how developments in AI could also create use-cases in warfare.

4. Her (Release Year: 2013)

Her is a sci-fi rom-com featuring Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer who falls in love with Samantha, a hyper-intelligent computer operating system with accelerated learning capabilities, personified through a Siri-like female voice.

The movie shows the possibility of a unified intelligent OS across devices. Further, it also delineates how close AI could be to becoming an absolute substitute to human beings.

5. The Imitation Game (Release Year: 2014)

The movie is based on real life events that happened during World War II, when mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. The plot revolves around creation of a machine that is capable of understanding patterns and giving out solutions to problems based on its previous learnings.

Alan Turing is considered as the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, and the movie shows how it all started.

6. Ex Machina (Release Year: 2015)

‘There is nothing more human than the will to survive.’ The movie features a young coder who wins a week’s holiday at his reclusive boss’s mountain retreat only to find he must participate in a strange experiment by evaluating the human qualities of a new breed of AI, housed in the body of robot girl.

The movie hints at the possibility of the creation of an AI with the ‘basic survival instincts’, that we living beings possess.

Feature Image Source: Hollywood Reporter

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