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"The artificial intelligence of 'Her'" by Robert Alpert

The artificial intelligence of <i>Her</i><p>The specter that haunts Western culture<p>A specter has long been haunting Western culture, namely the mind-body …

Elon Musk says we need to regulate AI before it becomes a danger to humanity

Elon Musk’s thoughts on artificial intelligence are pretty well known at this point. He famously compared work on AI to “summoning the demon,” and has warned time and time again that the technology poses an existential risk to humanity. At a gathering of US governors this weekend, he repeated these …

Artificial Intelligence

What's that sound? Sound Design in Ex Machina

Drool Over This Conversation About Ex Machina’s Cinematography

This is a bit wonky, but never so technical that you go cross-eyed. It’s a fascinating talk from DP <b>Rob Hardy</b> about his start as a feature film …

Alex Garland

“Ex Machina” and Philosophy: Some Notes after Wittgenstein

<b>1.</b> In Alex Garland’s <i>Ex Machina,</i> the reclusive computer genius Nathan (Oscar Isaac) has called his next-generation internet search-engine Blue Book, …

[Video] Human in the Machine: The Making of "Ex Machina"

An inside look at "Ex Machina," the new film from director Alex Garland starring Domnhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander, which opens in theaters today.<p>Lanky, blonde programmer Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) is in for the biggest test of his life, and possibly in the history of humanity: …

Artificial Intelligence

From Metropolis To Ex Machina: Why Are So Many Robots Female?

The new movie <i>Ex Machina</i> has been pushing people’s buttons. It features a seemingly vulnerable robot named Ava, who’s as beautiful as she is …

The ‘Deus’ in ‘Ex Machina’

By Wes Alwan.While the “deus” is missing from the title of Alex Garland’s incredible film <i>Ex Machina</i>, it figures prominently in its reflection upon …

Singularity

Ex Machina

This essay originally appeared at TYCI, the first of my new series called Girls on Film.<p>♦<p>Most of the women we see on our cinema screens are the …

This article contains spoilers for Ex Machina and assumes the reader has seen or spoiled the movie for themselves. “A free woman in an unfree society will be a monster.” – Angela Carter If there’s a trope with AI that I can’t stand, it’s the idea that a sufficiently intelligent, sapient machine will simply want to kill us ...

<b>This article contains spoilers for Ex Machina and assumes the reader has seen or spoiled the movie for themselves.</b><p>“A free woman in an unfree society …

Narcissistic personality disorder - Symptoms and causes

Overview<p>Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated …

Mental Health

Ex Machina: A Feminist Sci-Fi Thriller

It’s been nearly a month since I was completely blown away by Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller <i>Ex Machina</i>. At first, I had no one to talk about it with. …

Moonlight’s Cinematographer on Filming the Most Exquisite Movie of the Year

Culture<p>Barry Jenkins, the screenwriter and director behind the beautiful new film <i>Moonlight</i>, grew up in Liberty City, the Miami neighborhood where the story is set. So did Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the play on which the movie is based, <i>In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue</i>. Jenkins, 37, was raised …

The Photographic Inspirations Behind Moonlight, 2016’s Best Picture

One of the founding myths in the history of cinema (and it <i>is</i> likely a myth) centers on the screening of a 50-second, black-and-white silent film made by the Lumière Brothers showing the arrival of a train at a station. When the film was first shown, in the 1890s, this seemingly banal scene was …

Cinematography

‘Moonlight’ Cinematographer James Laxton on Wong Kar-wai’s Influence, Favorite Scenes, and More

If no film this year has been as uniformly praised as <i>Moonlight</i>, it’s natural that the cinematography has impressed just about anybody, believer or …

Barry Jenkins

How 'Moonlight' Became a "Personal Memoir" for Director Barry Jenkins: "I  Knew the Story Like the Back of My Hand"

A coming-of-age story about a black gay man growing up in Miami could have been a hard sell. But Jenkins had no doubts: "Even for me, on set, …

Barry Jenkins

The side-by-side comparisons that show how a Hong Kong director influenced “Moonlight”

When director Barry Jenkins first got into film school, hewas gripped by a foreign film that was stylistically different to anything he had ever seen before. His favorite scene in particular was a love scene of a man playing with a toy plane on his girlfriend’s body, with American soul singer Dinah …

Hong Kong

To give birth to 'Moonlight,' writer-director Barry Jenkins dug deep into his past

Since Labor Day weekend, Barry Jenkins has screened his new film, "Moonlight," to enthusiastic audiences at seven prestigious festivals, collected near unanimous praise from critics for its tender portrait of black masculinity and closed a deal to adapt one of the hottest novels of the year, Colson …

Redirect Notice

How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone from Anywhere in the World

Last summer, Bill Marczak stumbled across a program that could spy on your iPhone’s contact list and messages—and even record your calls. Illuminating shadowy firms that sell spyware to corrupt governments across the globe, Marczak’s story reveals the new arena of cyber-warfare.<p>The night it …

Security

Weapons of math destruction? The problem with algorithms

Increasingly, the decisions impacting our lives are driven by data and made by algorithms. But do they really make fairer and better decisions? …

Artificial Intelligence

Police have gathered facial recognition files on half of adult Americans — and Big Brother never forgets a face

A new report found that law enforcement agencies have facial recognition info on 117 million people and counting<p>If you’re reading this in America, there is a 50/50 chance that your face appears in a police database.<p>According to a report released on Tuesday by the Center for Privacy and Technology …

Surveillance

The top 20 artificial intelligence films - in pictures

Since Fritz Lang gave us ‘false Maria’ in 1927’s landmark sci-fi film Metropolis, robots have terrified and fascinated moviegoers in equal measure.<p>With the release of Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Michael Hogan picks his top 20 films (in no particular order); including Star Wars, The Terminator, Star …

Science Fiction

How Hollywood Has Depicted Artificial Intelligence Over The Years

Advertisement<p>Humanity has always had a love-hate relationship with technology, and robots are no different. Over the years, there have been hundreds …

Transcendence Explained (Spoiler Alert!)

Chances are if you’ve arrived at this post, you’ve seen the movie Transcendence with Johnny Depp and the girl from The Town, and had some questions. …

Transcendence Movie Features Real Upcoming Technologies

‘Transcendence’, starring Johnny Depp, features events which are predicted by many scientists and futurists as possible in reality within the first …

The Lure of 'Poseidon': Why We Love Disaster Movies

LOS ANGELES (AP)—How movie-goers love to go down with the ship. Or be toasted in a skyscraper fire. Buried by an earthquake. Squashed by an asteroid. …

Man of Steel
Privacy

“Feel Bad About Us”: Alex Garland Talks About The Real Questions Behind “Ex Machina” And Artificial Intelligence

Alex Garland discusses his first feature as a director, uneasy questions about humans, as well as robots and playing games with the audience.<p>Alex Garland’s screenplays (<i>28 Days Later</i>, <i>Sunshine</i>, <i>Never Let Me Go</i>, <i>Dredd</i>) confront audiences with body horror that is often visceral, sometimes existential, …