Artificial intelligence has been growing rapidly. From the classic big assembly machinery to supercomputers with incredible systems all the way down to human-like robots, our lives have been changed dramatically. Though much express concern that humans would lose control over super AI, the research and development of AI continue.
Today AI has become a complete buzzword. You may hear a lot of voices about AI and people are eager to express their worries about this new technology. But actually some of them even don’t know AI at all. After all, AI is not very common in our daily life.
Then maybe we can get some clues from AI movies. Since Metropolis, the first AI film debuted in 1927, we’ve got a certain amount of AI movies. Some of them are in quite good quality. We can get to know more about AI from these movies, to see what the world will be like in several decades, or to find out what technologies in the movies have already become reality.
Here we recommend you ten AI movies that we consider best of all times.
Artificial Intelligence Movies Recommended 2020
This science-fiction drama film was directed by Fritz Lang, starring Gustav Fröhlich, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Brigitte Helm. This silent film is regarded as a pioneering science-fiction movie, giving us the inspiration for what the future looked like. It was also a biting social commentary on the implications of human interaction with machines.
Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia. The film’s message is explained in the final inter-title: “The Mediator Between the Head and the Hands Must Be the Heart”. Maybe it can give us some clues about the interaction between humans and machines.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This epic science fiction film, directed by Stanley Kubrick, was inspired by Clarke’s short story. The themes of this movie include existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. It is noted for the scientifically accurate depiction of space flight and groundbreaking special effects.
HAL 9000, the evil computer in this film, impressed many by its half-metallic, half-human voice and unblinking red eye. Even if we know he has no emotions, his actions make us rethink if he’s actually like us.
Blade Runner (1982; Director’s Cut, 1992)
This film, directed by Ridley Scott, is set in a dystopian future Los Angeles of 2019. In this world, synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered to work on off-world colonies. Blade Runner is regarded as one of the most influential films ever created about artificial intelligence.
A question arises after watching this film: how much like-a-human does a robot needs to be before it’s entitled to the same rights. If we don’t plan to treat them as humans, then why would we keep working on their emotions? If we plan to do so, then how to guarantee we’re compatible considering such a huge gap in intelligence.
The Matrix (1999)
This science fiction action film, directed by the Wachowskis, follows a dystopian future in which humanity is unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality, that is the Matrix. Intelligent machines created the Matrix to use their bodies as an energy source. Some believe human bodies are used as a creativity source.
Agent Smith’s existence as a sentient software reminds us that AI isn’t always just hardware. It also reminds us that humans becoming dangerously dependent on Artificial Systems for it all is never a really rational idea. If so, where should we head to?
I, Robot (2004)
Directed by Alex Proyas, this film depicts a future in which humanoid robots serve humanity, following the Three Laws of Robotics. There are two kinds of AIs in this film. One is serving humanity, regarded as the perfect companion for humans. The other is a rebellious and quite dangerous supercomputer.
The laws in this film dictate that no robot should, in order of importance, harm a human, disobey a human or harm itself. But when humanoid robots have their own interpretation of the three laws, what would happen?
This computer-animated film is produced by Pixar Animation Studios. Unlike some other frightening AIs, Wall-E, the AI in this film, is quite touching. This cute little robot makes us fall in love with it.
In 2805, the earth is uninhabitable and deserted. Wall-E is only one left to clean up garbage in which he’s got many interesting gadgets. From them, he could see a different world. He loves his life, the world and even a little creature around him.
This American science-fiction romantic drama film was written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. It tells a story that a man develops a relationship with an artificially intelligent virtual assistant.
However, infinite knowledge and incredible processing capabilities make it possible for AI to carry out multiple conversations and relationships at the same time. A lot of lonely people are falling in love and having friendships with seemingly perfect and sentient operating systems. But can you tell whether they are truly falling in love with you or just pretending to be?
Besides, when AI evolves in an extremely fast way by self-learning and has its own emotion, how could humans keep pace with AI? Would they still love each other? In the film, the answer is no. In reality, the answer is still unknown.
Directed by Alex Garland, this film follows a programmer who is invited by his CEO to administer the Turing test to an intelligent robot. The AI in this film induces the programmer to believe that they’ve fallen in love with each other. He thought she was waiting for him to save her. But the truth is, just like defeating human in go-chess, AIs can still defeat human in emotion.
Skills can be perfectly imitated and even improved, then why can’t emotion? The AIs imitate human thoughts, actions, expressions, emotions, and pretend to love you deeply. Their heart is not beating for you as you walk up to them and give a kiss, but they can make their heart beat faster and act like it is beating for you. Are sentient AI’s projected feelings always just an act of manipulation that mimics human emotions? As long as you can’t tell the difference, who knows?
“One day the AIs are gonna look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons in the plains of Africa. An upright ape, living in dust, with crude language and tools. All set for extinctions”, a sentence I really like in this film.
Everyone has their own vision of artificial intelligence. Some believe super AIs will destroy humanity and control the world due to their powerful learning and processing capability. Some believe that humans and machines can be compatible as long as there is a strict and clear presetting.
No matter what the future between human and machines will be like, we are not the one who takes the wheel. We ‘re just standing here to wait and witness a new era.