Artificial Intelligence: Gods, egos and Ex Machina

<img class=”maxed responsive-img” itemprop=”contentUrl” alt=”Ava, the super-intelligence in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina (2015)” src=”https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/e3d3196b3d7e4b21f7b176f51e1864aa09668525/116_0_1431_858/master/1431.jpg?w=300&q=85&auto=format&sharp=10&s=ecae1fee677eb789ad0c58080244cda8″/> Ava, the super-intelligence in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina (2015) Photograph: Allstar/FILM4/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar It’s taken me a year and a several viewings to collect my thoughts about Ex Machina. Superficially it looks like a film about the future of artificial intelligence, but like most science fiction, it tells us more about the present than the future; and like most discussion around AI, it ends up reflecting not technological progress so much as human egos. (Spoilers ahead!) Artificial intelligence is one of the most narcissistic fields of research since astronomers gave up the geocentric universe. A central conceit of the field has long been that creating human-like intelligence is both desirable and some sort of ultimate achievement. In…


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