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I am a CS student, our professor gave an assignment that each group of our class should watch at least 5 movies based on artificial intelligence, then discuss and share with the whole class. Can someone help me with searching of the movies about AI?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Manuel Rodriguez, Mithrandir, DuttaA, Ben N Nov 8 '18 at 15:58

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    $\begingroup$ List / recommendation questions are off topic for pretty much every Stack Exchange site. Are they on topic here? Based on the answers, I'm guessing this hasn't been discussed before, because, if it's on topic, it should be either one recommendation per post or one community wiki post with all recommendations. $\endgroup$ – NotThatGuy Nov 8 '18 at 15:44
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    $\begingroup$ @DonQuiKong as NotThatGuy mentioned, recommendation questions are off-topic on all SE sites except the Software Recommendations SE. Questions asking about movies on an AI SE are exceptionally off-topic. $\endgroup$ – 0xdd Nov 8 '18 at 15:58
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    $\begingroup$ Suggestion that could maybe make this acceptable/on-topic: Asking about representations of AI in movies, and what they tend to get right or wrong. Answers may choose to include some example movies, or just point to tvtropes (where OP can get their list and more, plus waste a few hours trapped in maze of tabbed subjects that they want to follow up on). Perhaps ask in meta or chat to see if the question can be brainstormed into a workable variant. I think there is the core of something informative, fun and relevant to the site in this question . . . $\endgroup$ – Neil Slater Nov 8 '18 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ I updated my list with explanation of why I included each film. (The idea was important fundamental concepts in AI, including social impacts and implications.) $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Nov 8 '18 at 22:03
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I'll add other movies:

  1. Her, the AI part (movie spoiler):

    The bot can define a user's profile just by hear his short story, and "act" based on user's profile

  2. Ex Machina the AI part (movie spoiler):

    The bot can express her feelings, and make you trust their feeling

  3. Eagle Eye, the AI part (movie spoiler):

    The bot can compile a lot of information for its purpose

  4. Big Hero 6, the AI part (movie spoiler):

    Baymax is a very good example of a very complex expert system, he has a "knowledge chip" and a very smart way to diagnose people

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    $\begingroup$ Ex-Machina is best AI movie I've ever seen. There is also Chappie (from the makers of District 9), Newly awakened robot is raised by a small gang of petty criminals. $\endgroup$ – Eridanis Nov 8 '18 at 14:48
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HAL 9000 is a great example of an artificial general intelligence that goes astray, where the humans don't understand the reasoning process as values dis-align. (This is a nod to Asimov in the sense of humans not understanding the implications of an logical structure.)

The critical reception in the link references androids as mirror of humanity, with all the implications, including identity. Empathy is the core theme. (Seeing the self in the other. The film adapts these ideas into a love story, and includes overt Christian symbology with android Roy Batty in the finale. HBO's Westworld draws heavily from these ideas.) The book and film also explicates an evolution of Turing tests, focused on psychological responses due to the ever increasing sophistication of the androids.

This film features an autonomous military AI that does not understand the context of human reality and nearly starts a total nuclear war. (An algorithm's view of reality is based on it's input, which in the film, was limited.) The ending is an early nod to machine learning.

Here the key element is the diminishment of humanity and human purpose when strong AIs (in the form of robots) to accomplish every task. This is already happening and seems accelerated by mobile computing.

A horror film at it's core, it unveils a race of superior aliens brought down by the hubris that their own creation could never turn on them. In regard to humanity this is mirrored by the android David. (In some sense it's a throwback to Greek Drama, where pride is the fatal flaw.)


Shout out to malioboro's answer re: Ex Machina, which raises the question:

"Is the AGI in Ex Machina a sociopath because she was created by a sociopath?"

Nature vs. Nurture

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  • $\begingroup$ Doesn't Spielberg have a movie AI? Also 'I robot', then the entire Terminator series. $\endgroup$ – DuttaA Nov 8 '18 at 5:15
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    $\begingroup$ I suggest combine answers and make this a community wiki answer. It is a good way to handle "list" questions. I'd also suggest linking/explaining some key tvtropes subjects about this, as there are is range of mis-information combined with interesting hypotheses about the nature of AI in these films. Much supposed AI in movies is the writers' attempt to throw a spotlight on the human condition, and not really about the AI at all. $\endgroup$ – Neil Slater Nov 8 '18 at 7:55
  • $\begingroup$ Wall-E is a bad example for a movie about artificial Intelligence. Because the film was created with AI techniques as well. To be more specific, the MASSIVE software was used, which is a multi-agent framework for crowd simulation which includes semi-automatic behavior control. $\endgroup$ – Manuel Rodriguez Nov 8 '18 at 8:23
  • $\begingroup$ @DuttaA even if terminator is about AI, this is not well express and it's more an action movie with AI. I am not sure it's a good recommandation for a class talk... I robot is fine because the movie ask ourself about consciousness, ethics and so ! $\endgroup$ – Jérémy Blain Nov 8 '18 at 8:28
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    $\begingroup$ @ManuelRodriguez Why using AI techniques for making a movie, make the movie bad itself ???! I think this is even more interesting, because you can talk about the story of movie but the creation of the movie itself too !! $\endgroup$ – Jérémy Blain Nov 8 '18 at 8:29
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Transcendence was a a pretty good look at a super-intelligent AI.

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The Machine, starring Caity Lotz and Toby Stephens. Which came out a year before Ex Machinae and is superior in every way, save budget.

If you want something truly old but a milestone, check out Wargames. That will likely get you some points for digging back into history on the subject.

Someone already mentioned 2001, which is excellent. But to truly appreciate the nuance of Hal 9000, you need to also see the sequel, or at least read a summary as it shows WHY Hal 9000 behaved the way it did. (In short, contradictory and irreconcilable instructions).

Alien (the original, first one, which contains both humanistic and non-humanistic AI).

Her. Which is either sadly romantic or creepy as all Hell, depending on how you interpret it.

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Here is the best movies about Artificial intelligence. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (2001) “Blade Runner” (1982) “Colossus: The Forbin Project” (1970) “Her” (2013)

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A great movie to watch would be A.I artificial intelligence, a sort of modern retelling of pinoccio.

Another good AI movie where the main character is a robot would be bicentennial man, based on Isaac Asimovs the positronic man

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