In the movies, artificial intelligence is not quite the same as robotics, though many movies do depict AI in the form of robots. Bicentennial Man depicts a robot with artificial intelligence, but the intelligence that almost murders Dave in 2001 is a mainframe computer rather than a humanoid machine.
In this collection of 15 films, we look at examples of machine consciousness, not just clever programming. As one of the characters quipped in Ex Machina , “A computer may be able to beat you at chess, but it doesn’t know it’s playing chess.” The machines in the movies collected here have arrived at consciousness. A machine that knows it exists is one of the great excitements and deep terrors of technology. These films explore the potential ramifications when machines wake up and know they’re “alive.”
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