Episode 32: Ex Machina / Chappie / Avengers: Age of Ultron

Episode 32: Ex Machina / Chappie / Avengers: Age of Ultron

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Podcast | 0 comments

poster-ex-machina“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

Now, if that quote doesn’t scare the hell out of you, perhaps the fact that it was spoken by Stephen Hawking will send a chill down your back. This was during an interview with the BBC where he went on to say:

“It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

If you think Professor Hawking is alone in this opinion, he’s in fairly good company. Bill Gates shares his worry, as does Elon Musk, chief executive of Space X, who build rockets, who warned that artificial intelligence is, “our biggest existential threat.”

And yet, it is a field of study that excites us so much that we continue to strive toward a truly sentient artificial intelligence.

Rollo Carpenter, creator of Cleverbot, which has scored very high on the Turing test, is a little more optimistic, stating, “We cannot quite know what will happen if a machine exceeds our own intelligence, so we can’t know if we’ll be infinitely helped by it, or ignored by it and sidelined, or conceivably destroyed by it.”

poster-avengers-age-of-ultronEven he is open to the possibility of destruction, it seems.

Today, we’re going to discuss three recent AI movies. One which made us feel, one which made us question, and one which took Stephen Hawking’s concerns and ramped them up to 11.

Ex Machina is a film that has remained firmly entrenched in our minds since we saw it. Both Vince and I agree that it is the best of the three, and quite possibly the best movie we have seen this year.

Chappie, while not perfect, also pleased us a lot. It fell prey to too many cliches, however as we’ve said before, it’s what you do with that cliche that matters. Make it work, and we’re willing to follow along for the ride.

And then there was Ultron. Even further from perfection, it still managed to entertain, and it is a film we know we will be watching often over the years.


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