Ex Machina’s gender problem: How the AI blockbuster reinforces stereotypes

Image: Universal Studios Sci-fi fantasy Ex Machina has been racking up accolades all year. It has made many best-of-2015 lists, including our own here at TechRepublic. At RogerEbert.com, Matt Zoller Seitz deemed it a “classic.” Rolling Stone called it one of the best films of 2015 back in June. The film, Alex Garland’s directorial debut, is well deserving of praise. Beautifully composed, suspenseful, and provocative, the film draws viewers into a mesmerizing fantasy world that plays with deep ideas about science, technology, and humanity. But, it also begs serious discussion by denying women power and agency. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a quick recap. In a far-away mountainous retreat, Nathan, tech savante and billionaire, has enlisted Caleb, the top brain at his company, in the world’s greatest science project…


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