Audiences will figure out ‘Morgan’ long before the characters

When we build an artificial intelligence machine that perfectly resembles a human, what words will we use to talk about the device? He, she, or it? That question is bandied around in “Morgan,” the latest A.I. picture. To the people who developed Morgan and brought the lifelike machine through stages of birth and growth, it’s a she. That could be a problem. Because in movies, artificial intelligence is not to be trusted. Morgan (played by the unsettling Anya Taylor-Joy) has been raised in an isolated lab in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. She — er, it — has malfunctioned, in a sudden act of violence against a researcher (Jennifer Jason Leigh). A government investigator (Kate Mara) arrives to sort out the issue. The scientists suspect she’s there to terminate…


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