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I want to give some examples of AI via movies to my students. There are many movies that include AI, whether being the main character or extras.

Which movies have the most realistic (the most possible or at least close to being made in this era) artificial intelligence?

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Just A Rather Very Intelligent System (J.A.R.V.I.S.) in Iron Man (and related films, such as The Avengers) is something (a personal assistant) that people are already trying to develop, so JARVIS is a quite realistic artificial intelligence. Examples of existing personal assistants are Google Assistant (integrated into Google Home devices), Cortana, Siri and Alexa. There are other virtual assistants, but, unfortunately, there aren't many reliable open-source ones. Note that JARVIS is way more intelligent and capable than the other mentioned personal assistants.

Similarly, HAL 9000, in 2001: A Space Odyssey, is a sentient artificial intelligence which can be considered a personal assistant.

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  • $\begingroup$ but I think there is a large gap between JARVIS and Siri :/ I'm not a Siri's user, but is it able to process such a natural dialogue and do such an action? are we close enough in that technology? $\endgroup$ – QLAN Sep 18 at 23:51
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    $\begingroup$ @QLAN As I say in this answer, JARVIS is way more capable than existing PAs, but I think it is the most realistic AI portrayed in movies (that I can think of now). I don't exactly know when real PAs will be as capable as JARVIS or HAL, but I expect at least 1-2 decades, but maybe a lot more. $\endgroup$ – nbro Sep 18 at 23:58
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I would like to mention WOPR from War Games, maybe is an old movie for your students, but it is a more realistic IA centered around the problem of playing board games (if you exclude the part about deciding that a game is not worth the time).

Also I remember an artificial assistant in "The Time machine" that was more convincing than J.A.R.V.I.S because it is not so intelligent, I remember it more like an agent that can find and read you wikipedia articles, but without reasoning about them a lot, but I could be wrong.

The robot companion in Moon is also interesting and comical as it is like a small child that has been told to cheat but can't disobey direct orders.

Other films go around the dilema of creating AGI, like, "Blade runner", "The bicentenary Man", Spilbergs' "I.A.", "Her", or "Ex Machina", they are more interesting from a philosofical point of view (they are all very similar to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein) because the actual implementation is unconceivable right now.

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  • $\begingroup$ I didn't watch War Games, but Wikipedia states that WOPR is a United States military supercomputer originally programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war, so it looks more like a simple statistical program, rather than a true AI. $\endgroup$ – nbro Sep 19 at 11:43
  • $\begingroup$ @nbro The assumption, that WOPR wasn't a real AI is correct. The movie was a comedy production and the computer was made out of wood painted with blinking lights. $\endgroup$ – Manuel Rodriguez Sep 19 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ @nbro you should see the movie then to give an informed opinion $\endgroup$ – Juanmi Rodriguez Sep 19 at 21:09
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On the first look the impression is, that superheros and Superhuman AI have nothing in common. Characters like Hulk and Superman were introduced in fantasy films which is a different genre than science fiction. But a closer look shows, that both (robots and superheros) can be realized with Artificial Intelligence. According to [1], robots and superhumans are both religious projections. And in some newer movies, there is a mixture available between classical superheros and modern technology driven characters like Batman.

In Superman III (1983), there is a scene available, in which a computer transforms a human being into an evil robot. What is missing in the movie are the technical details. Which means, which programming language the computer is operating. According to the plot, the movie plays in the 1980s, so it's maybe the PL/M language which was used to create the CP/M operating system. Other movies in which Artificial Intelligence is presented have the same problem that they leave out the technical details.

[1] Geraci, Robert M. "Spiritual robots: Religion and our scientific view of the natural world." Theology and Science 4.3 (2006): 229-246.

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