Will Robots Offer More Pleasant Relationships than Humans?
5 Sci-fi Movies About Artificial Intelligence and Robots
Will robots offer more pleasant relationships than humans?
Today we are building all different kinds of robots with the help of high-technology trends. But we still haven't been able to build a robot completely self-aware like humans yet. Self-aware AI: The final type of AI where machinery are aware of themselves and perceive their internal states and others' emotions, behaviours, and acumen. This AI is still yet to develop, and if it is incarnated, we will surely witness a robot with human-level consciousness and intelligence.
So what happens if self-aware AI develops?
If machinery gains self-conscious ability and understands its own constitution and functions without any help from humans, what happens to the correlation between machinery and humankind? As a consequence, will they decide to end the human race when they comprehend that they don't need us?
The first use of the word robot was in the 1920 play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's Universal Robots") by well-known Czech playwright Karel Capek. But contrary to the unpopular opinion Karel Capek is not the inventor of the word robot. The older brother of Karel Capek, Josef Capek is the actual creator of the word. In Czech, the word "robota" means "forced labour" and that's how it was the word robot born.
So let's take a look at 5 influential sci-fi movies about artificial intelligence and robots;
Caleb Smith, a software programmer at a massive network company, wins a staff prize that enables him to spend one week in the private estate of the company’s brilliant CEO Nathan Bateman. When he arrives he discovers he has been chosen to be the human component in a turing test to determine the capabilities and consciousness of Ava, a beautiful robot. However, it soon becomes evident that Ava is far more self-aware and deceptive than either man imagined.
As for me, although Ex Machina is full of reflective surfaces; it is like a mirror of our fears and ideas about technology, information (Nathan’s Google-like company is doing everything you think a scary tech company can do), identity and power however Garland's film sexualizes Ava too much, which is its entire spot. I think his aim is objectifying women, with images of female nudity literally created for the male sight. And unfortunately, this side of this movie is irritating me more than fears and ideas about high-technology humanoids.
"Ex Machina is a disquieting power struggle waged in terms of human weaknesses, refracted through gender." Says Allison Willmore. But what are you programmed to believe?
In the distant future, the Wall-E adorable small waste-collecting robot (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class) is the last robot left on garbage-filled Earth. Wall-E is alone on the empty planet and cleaning the World for the people that continue their existence in space, seeing that the world is no good to man or beast with all of this garbage and pollution. After 700 years of lifespan during this timeline, Wall-E has developed a kind of self-awareness and a personality.
Then he spots Eve, a sleek reconnaissance robot, sent back to Earth to find proof that life is once again sustainable for humans. Wall-E falls in love with Eve and then follows her all throughout space. I think I can consider this movie one of the best of Disney’s Pixar animations and predictably we need Wall-E like robots, for our planet’s inevitable pollution, at least for now.
The Day The Earth Stood Still
From the 50s, the golden age of sci-fi, The day the earth stood still, is one of the best movies among science films. This movie tells the story of Klaatu, an alien ambassador from another planet, and his huge robot guard, Gort. He has a featureless face except for a visor and a laser in the middle of his forehead. As far as I can see, Gort is iconic for his basic robot look. Though it's made half a century ago, this movie remains a seminal sci-fi movie.
A lonely writer who is romantically involved with an artificial intelligence operating system. This movie is not only a basic robot romance, it takes you on a journey that explores the psychological depths of human relationships. And I have never seen such an idyll of this stature in cinema. It's subtle, brilliant, idealistic and, before anything else, it operates on other scenic levels with the spectacular performance of Joaquin Phoenix; one of the best in his entire career.
It begins in a futuristic city, LA. Theodore Twombly, a reclusive writer, has just come out of a stormy marriage and, as for him, life has no meaning, considering that he already felt everything. Then he buys an AI operating system, and he names her Samantha (voice of Scarlett Johansson). They attract each other in a short time. The relationship between Theodore and Samantha is the keystone of the story, I must admit that they are unique characters. Samantha is an operating system that transcends cyberspace through the paths of AI. She doesn't understand human emotions but tries to imitate them perfectly. And despite not having a physical body, she acts as if she feels. Theodore, for his part, is the lonely, isolated writer who seeks answers to questions about the meaning of life. But can he find them?
And like I said before, she is not only a robot romance type of movie. It is an allegory that presents the essence of human relations in a futuristic context. In each scene, it tells us: we feel too little, we think too much. So we are not turned into machinery. Although the metaphors are there, it is a film locked in a painful room and the only door is social loneliness. For that reason, there are touching scenes. These are tears of tenderness.
So, would a cyber affair offer a more satisfying relationship than humans? Maybe it can respond to the care and affection you gave it. Who knows, maybe it can heal our broken hearts because most of us are bitter over someone.
"It's better to feel pain than to feel nothing." Cole thinks the future love lies in engineering. But he is in the reductive conclusion about his discomfort with dating a robot. Love starts to feel like some strange experiment itself. And the movie questions how closely we want artificial intelligence to resemble human consciousness.
A slow, sensual burn. Touchingly directed and beautifully acted. Heartrending and ethereal, like lost in translation. The ambience of the film is colored in muted tones. The apartments and clothes of the characters look like from a catalogue inspired by IKEA and H & M. The Intense soundtrack with awesome cuts and techno beat is just one of the reasons why I love this film so much.
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