Ex MachinaDVD - 2015
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SFPL_Adults Nov 03, 2015
With a situation and dialogue that is both hilarious and creepy, several paradoxical A.I.-versus- human themes are probed. Oscar Isaac is especially great playing the deranged, highly manipulative and inadvertently comical robot inventor.
Nominated: Original screenplay, Visual Effects (winner)
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Nathan: Here's the weird thing about search engines. It was like striking oil in a world that hadn't invented internal combustion. Too much raw material. Nobody knew what to do with it. You see, my competitors, they were fixated on sucking it up and monetizing via shopping and social media. They thought that search engines were a map of what people were thinking. But actually they were a map of how people were thinking. Impulse. Response. Fluid. Imperfect. Patterned. Chaotic.
Caleb: When I was in college, I did a semester on AI theory. There was a thought experiment they gave us. It's called "Mary in the Black and White Room." Mary is a scientist, and her specialist subject is color. She knows everything there is to know about it. The wavelengths. The neurological effects. Every possible property that color can have. But she lives in a black and white room. She was born there and raised there. And she can only observe the outside world on a black and white monitor. And then one day someone opens the door. And Mary walks out. And she sees a blue sky. And at that moment, she learns something that all her studies couldn't tell her. She learns what it feels like to see color. The thought experiment was to show the students the difference between a computer and a human mind. The computer is Mary in the black and white room. The human is when she walks out.
Nathan: Look, the arrival of strong artificial intelligence has been inevitable for decades. The variable was "when," not "if." So I don't see Ava as a decision, just an evolution. I think it's the next model that's gonna be the real breakthrough. The singularity. … Ava was a rat in a maze. And I gave her one way out. To escape, she'd have to use self-awareness, imagination, manipulation, sexuality, empathy, and she did. …
Nathan quoting wise sayings (or Satakas) of the sanskrit author Bhartrihari: In battle, in the forest, on the precipice of the mountain. On the... The great dark sea. In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame. The good deeds a man has done before defend him. The good deeds a man has done before defends him.
Caleb: Why did you give her sexuality? An AI doesn't need a gender. She could have been a gray box.
Nathan: Hmm. Actually, I don't think that's true. Can you give an example of consciousness, at any level, human or animal, that exists without a sexual dimension?
Caleb: They have sexuality as an evolutionary reproductive need. What imperative does a gray box have to interact with another gray box?
Nathan: Can consciousness exist without interaction? Anyway, sexuality is fun, man. If you're gonna exist, why not enjoy it?
Caleb: How long until we get to his estate?
Helicopter pilot: (LAUGHING) We've been flying over his estate for the past two hours.
Nathan: do you know what the Turing Test is?
Caleb: Yeah. I know what the Turing Test is. It's when a human interacts with a computer. And if the human doesn't know they're interacting with a computer, the test is passed.
Nathan: And what does a pass tell us?
Caleb: That the computer has artificial intelligence.
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