I love the sci-fi movie genre. Futuristic scenarios, jaw-dropping visuals, a tight storyline knitting it all together – that's a recipe for a box office hit. Anyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s will be intimately familiar with the Terminator franchise. And once I moved into the machine learning space, my appreciation and interest in these movies grew multifold! What we once thought of as unrealistic scenarios are now playing out in the real world.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is creating a great impact on the world by enabling computers to learn on their own. While in the real world AI is still focused on solving narrow problems, we see a whole different face of AI in the fictional world of science fiction movies -- which predominantly depict the rise of artificial general intelligence as a threat for human civilization. As a continuation of the trend, here we take a look at how artificial intelligence was depicted in 2019 movies. A warning in advance -- the following listicle is filled with SPOILERS. Terminator: Dark Fate -- the sixth film of the Terminator movie franchise, featured a super-intelligent Terminator named Gabriel designated as "Rev-9", and was sent from the future to kill a young woman (Dani) who is set to become an important figure in the Human Resistance against Skynet.
The movie, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, was directed by Ridley Scott and stars a young Harrison Ford. For those of you who hadn't seen it, the story is set in a futuristic Los Angeles, AD 2019, just a few years down the road from us. Many regard it as a cult movie, a "neo-noir" or cyberpunk classic, in spite of its poor box office performance in the U.S. Some critics consider it one of the best movies ever made. Be it as it may, the movie does touch upon some very fundamental issues concerning the meaning of being human, which are well worth taking a closer look. From our 2011 perspective, the first thing we notice is how off the movie is in terms of predictions.
We may be advancing into a new age of artificial intelligence, but humans have been dreaming about the possibilities of AI for far longer. It was almost 100 years ago when an AI first appeared on the silver screen, and the technology's prevalence has only grown since then. These AI characters vary from big to small, from good to evil, and from anthropomorphic to robotic, but what's really incredible is that these non-human characters were, from the start, always portrayed as individual nuanced personalities in their own right. The relationship between humans and AI in the movies is often complicated, much like it is in reality. Throughout the years, we've seen film representations of AI that range from benevolent companions seeking to help their human counterparts to hostile machines bent on the total destruction of humankind.
Nowadays we are hearing a lot of buzz around artificial intelligence or AI and robotics. We have even felt their presence in our surroundings in one or the other way. The technology sounds new but its seeds have been long sown. Do you know that AI found its way into film-business around 100 years ago? Yes, the 1927 release Metropolis depicts AI that takes the form of a humanoid robot with an intent on taking over the titular mega-city by inciting chaos.