Rise Of The Robot
Dredd’s Alex Garland explores what makes us human in new Brit thriller
In June a computer program simulating a 13- year- old Ukranian boy named Eugene became the world’s first AI to pass the Turing Test, convincing a panel of judges it was human more than 30% of the time during a series of five minute conversations. Ex_ Machina, the new film from 28 Days Later and Sunshine scribe Alex Garland, asks the next logical question: if a machine’s mind is indistinguishable from the human brain, does it possess a consciousness?
“Typically in stories we approach AIs as threatening and it’s about our fears, but I don’t really have those fears,” writer/ director Garland tells Red Alert. “If a machine does have a consciousness it seems to me basically the same as us, and you have to give it the same rights and respects. If you were going to put a label on who the bad guy is in this film, I wouldn’t put it on the AI.”
Unlike Eugene, Ava ( Alicia Vikander) is much more than a faceless chatbot. Her remarkable mind is housed in a state of