“Apart from their flesh, what makes them any different from me?”
A marriage of true artificial intelligence developed through semantic and syntactic analysis of conversation and the power of quantum computing technology. A joining of minds to create the perfect machine.What is it to be alive? What is it to be human? If a machine passes the Turing test does that make it real? What if you needed it to be real? What if you needed the machine to believe it was real, not as a means to pass the test, but to stop bad things happening?
The movie was shot in around 5 weeks on a relatively low budget, it uses physical effects, very clever prosthetics and amazing special effects to deliver a gritty hard science fiction work of art. Director Caradog W James did his homework and extensive research on AI and advanced robotics used by the Ministry of Defence.
A computer scientist finds consciousness and the meaning of the soul through a machine who has been modelled on its former developer. However when the machine starts to convey emotion, establish trust and develop a true connection with its master, the question of whether it is artificial becomes unclear.
There is a truly beautiful moment in the movie when The Machine (Ava) breaks free from her restraints and begins to explore the power and beauty of her own body, of free movement – it was wonderfully shot and all movements (and indeed all stunts throughout the movie) were performed by an amazing upcoming actress (Caty Lotz – Ava)
This is by far the best original “recent” science fiction film I have seen since Moon. Low budget and from a director who has never done a science fiction film before. The competition between free-will and psychic-driving (influence), the many questions relating to the field of AI, and its masterful delivery through superb casting and acting are a true pleasure to behold.
” There have always been ghosts in the machine, random segments of code grouped together to form unexpected protocols. Unanticipated these free radicals engender questions of free will, creativity, and even the nature of what we might call the soul. Why is it that when some robots are left in darkness they will seek out the light? Why is it that when robots are stored in an empty space they will group together rather than stand alone? How do we explain this behaviour? Random segments of code, or is it something more?”
“When does the perceptual schematic become consciousness? When does the difference engine become the search for truth? When does the personality simulation become the bitter mote of the soul?”
– [Dr Lanning] I Robot (movie 2004) inspired by Isaac Asimov‘s short stories under the same name