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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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‘How Would We Treat Such a Thing?’

‘How Would We Treat Such a Thing?’

(p.63) Chapter 4: ‘How Would We Treat Such a Thing?’
Ex Machina

Joshua Grimm

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Ava’s humanity and her struggle as a prisoner, piecing together her likely fate from a variety of clues. Meanwhile Caleb arrives at the same conclusion thanks to a disturbing cache of video recordings of previous AI iterations desperately trying – and ultimately failing – to escape. By exploring Ava’s desire to escape, it opens a discussion about sentience, consciousness, and how self-awareness is revealed to be much more than merely a survival instinct, all of which renders Ava’s experience that much more tragic.

Keywords:   Consciousness, Self-Awareness, Artificial Intelligence

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