Rise Of The Ro­bot

Dredd’s Alex Gar­land ex­plores what makes us hu­man in new Brit thriller

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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

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