Man vs. machine: AI in movies

The battles between man and machine in movies often go far beyond troubleshooting software problems on an iPhone. “Morgan” opens in theaters this week. In it, a bioengineered child with extraordinary abilities attacks one of her handlers, prompting an assessment of her skills and the risks of keeping her alive. When Morgan escapes, the staff enters a dangerous situation with a lethal synthetic girl. “Morgan” is just the latest film that explores the ethics of artificial intelligence and its potentially dangerous consequences. “Blade Runner” In the 1982 sci-flick “Blade Runner,” the fictional Tyrell Corporation in dystopian Los Angeles manufactures genetically engineered replicants that are indistinguishable from humans. Although their presence on Earth is banned — they’re used for dangerous work on off-world colonies — many replicants defy the ban. Harrison…


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