‘Ex Machina”s Script For Our Future

One of the more interesting movies I’ve watched in the past year has been “Ex Machina.” Unlike the abysmally disappointing “Transcendence” (based loosely on the ideas of futurist Ray Kurzweil — how can you screw up Kurzweil, for God’s sake?), “Ex Machina” is a tightly directed, frighteningly claustrophobic sci-fi thriller that peels back the moral layers of artificial intelligence one by one. If you haven’t seen it, do so. But until you do, here’s the basic set-up. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) is a programmer at a huge Internet search company called Bluebook (think Google). He wins a contest where the prize is a week spent with the CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) at his private retreat. Bateman’s character is best described as Larry Page meets Steve Jobs meets Larry Ellison…


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