The Machine

“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.
Killing is prohibited?
Killing is prohibited?

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.


The kind minds behind The Machine just added a nice high resolution bonus:

High Resolution Poster

The Machine has a very active Facebook page, featuring the chance to win some really cool merchandise, check out The Machine Facebook page here.


4 Responses to The Machine

  1. A word of advice: forget what rottentomatoes has to say about this movie! And for some reason despite this being a new release I had a job finding it for sale at any of the major entertainment outlets, in the end I found this title at Tesco! More constructive comments to come when I have had some sleep.

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  3. We as homo-sapiens are flawed by nature, we are the only species capable of hating, we are violent irrational creatures, but deep within this façade of idiosyncrasy we produce wonders. Great works of art, poetry, architecture, and beauty are some of the gifts born from the tangled minds of man. On this basis would it be possible for a machine to process such endless possibility and emulate true creativity, inspiration, and beauty.

    The art of photography provides a natural analogy to further demonstrate my point:

    In our digital age we now almost entirely rely on machines to metre, expose and process a photograph – however is it possible to take this a step further, what if the machine entirely replaced the human aspect of photography visa vie what if the machine could do the seeing, replacing the human entirely, would a machine be able to produce beautiful photography – the main problems here are 1) perception: could a machine perceive, for example, a flower, as being beautiful or lit in a way worthy of photographing 2) how would a machine know when something is correctly metered and framed.

    To an extent point two has already been answered by utilising sophisticated SLR sensors and light metres – but how would a machine know when something has been framed correctly, especially based on the notion of free-form, or lucid pictures not bound by the parameters of perfection – i.e. deliberate shallow depth of field, or desired off-centre framing.

    Therefore the following presents an appropriate question, perhaps the quintessential question:

    Is there a formula for human nature? Can we quantify our behaviour? Is there a notation advanced enough to structure the inherent (and essential) random and indeed organic idiosyncrasy present in the mind?

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