Monday, June 01, 2015

AI for grown-ups

Saw the latest AI (artificial intelligence) film at the weekend; Ex Machina written and directed by Alex Garland is a visual delight from the start. The story takes place around a fictional "Google-like" company where uber-programmer Caleb wins a prize to spend a week at the mountain retreat of the software genius CEO/billionaire/founder of the company Nathan. What Caleb doesn't know is that Nathan has created a secret artificial intelligence in the form of a beautiful woman-robot called Ava and wants him to be the Human component in a Turing test. Lot's of twists and turns as the truth about Nathan and Ava is gradually revealed, accompanied by atmospheric and dramatic music with a real "dark" menacing feel to the movie which is set in fabulous scenery (Norway) I won't spoil the twist at the end which absolutely takes no prisoners! Perhaps the best AI movie so far, a real thought provoker; love it.

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