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Joshua Grimm

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348301

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348301.001.0001

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‘The History of Gods’

‘The History of Gods’

(p.49) Chapter 3: ‘The History of Gods’
Ex Machina

Joshua Grimm

Liverpool University Press

The evolution of artificial intelligence in science fiction film has showcased an array of technological marvels, and yet each reflects the era in which the films were made, be it what the device looks like, the extent of its power, or the ethical/moral issues surrounding its existence. Ex Machina is no different, with the development of AI firmly embedded in the tech industry. Caleb’s entire purpose for being at Nathan’s compound is to determine whether Nathan has, in fact, created artificial intelligence or if Ava is simply imitating human interactions. This is called the Turing Test, which has been around for nearly 70 years, and it has been rigorously debated for almost its entire existence. Ex Machina pushes this debate by accepting and challenging key assumptions of the Turing Test while positing its own: The role affection/attraction/love might play in the entire process. As such, by considering these emotional components (as expressed toward the creation rather than from it) grounds the discussion in terms of morality and soul, something previous films have treated more as a by-product of artificial intelligence.

Keywords:   Artificial Intelligence, Turing Test, Humanity, Science Fiction Film

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