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Ex Machina Trailer

In keeping with Hollywood’s plan to remind us that the Singularity is near, here’s the trailer for Ex Machina (2015): A film directed by Alex Garland, which seems to be a rare mix of Sci-Fi and erotic thriller. Sorayama anyone?

Caleb, a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

It’s easy to see why movie studios are all jumping into the robot bandwagon (e.g. Automata, Chappie, etc) since the emergence of A.I. would suppose a tremendous change for mankind which is as promising as it is scary; scary because it’s surrounded by a mist of uncertainty –will the androids free us from our daily chores? will they enslave us instead? even worse, will they find us totally irrelevant?

Even though I’m still personally skeptical of the promulgated promises of Ray Kurzweil and his acolytes, what I do know is that a good rule of thumb to find out whether the Singularity is here or not, is when Hollywood starts to portray robots as nonchalantly as how computers and cell phones are shown in today’s films –ubiquitous and self-explanatory.

  1. My Darling My Android
    Guess that means it’s too late for the blow-up Moai.

    I’d say an entire generation is now already enslaved to their androids and iPhones! Teens and young adults suffer from separation anxiety within minutes of being away from them.

    By the way, has anyone else noticed that toddlers never seem to drop a cell phone? This must be a sign that we’re from the stars. Having a personal digital assistant is just in our genes.

    1. Anxiety
      LOL that reminds me of something I thought after listening to the latest PLUS episode on Mysterious Universe: If we really get to develop gadgets with certain levels of A.I., would that dissuade us from upgrading to the latest model as soon as they hit the market? Would we be forced to sign divorce papers with our smart phones??

      Ha! Kinda reminds me of The Flintstones, in a way 😉

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