Movie Thoughts – Ex Machina (2014)

Movie Thoughts - Ex Machina
Drawing by Adrian Serghie

   This movie is about a dude that has been hired by another dude to test the human qualities a newly created A.I. dudette has (you can find more about it here). In my opinion, it’s a movie about manipulation at its finest because everybody manipulates everybody. The employer manipulates the employee, the employee tries to manipulate the employer and the A.I. manipulates everybody.

   If we really think about this, building a human-like A.I. is not such a good idea, because if we build it after our own way of thinking, it will most likely have a hidden agenda and a very high I.Q. and this allows it to do anything in order to improve. I think that an A.I. can have a better understanding of the purpose of all of this “thing” we call life, which is to get to a better version of yourself and to make the most out of it. If this is the main goal of an A.I., do you think it will stop from anything to get there? We are building A.I. so our lives get better and I totally agree with that. But for this to happen, we don’t need to create it human-like, right? We can create A.I. that can be expert in any field, but does it need feelings? Is it maybe the God Complex doing all of this?

   I think that building an A.I. is fun, but if we give it emotions, it’s dangerous because it can use those emotions to do what it thinks human expects from it. We cannot use a switch to change an emotion or to turn it off, but an A.I. might be able to do it. An A.I. can “think” at a whole different level and it can see a bigger picture than us because the amount of information it can process is huge, unlike humans.

   This debate could go on and on, but I’ll stop here since it’s not my area of expertise. I believe it’s a very interesting movie that can point a few things about human nature as well, not only about A.I.

   In your opinion, what is the most interesting thing about this movie?

13 thoughts on “Movie Thoughts – Ex Machina (2014)

  1. She damn well passed the Turing test!!! Holy moly… she played those emotions well and I was even struck by it… She was.. omg. I don’t even have words. lol

  2. I love this movie!! I found it insane that Nathan was a virtual pimp, but sex sells, right? Also when are these people who create life-threatening mechanized or biological going to realize that eventually they’re going to start to ask questions about life outside their Petri dish, test tube, cage etc? Especially when an outside person is introduced into the closed space. The result is always the same.

  3. The movie was very well done, compelling, even, but I didn’t like it.

    The android is a sympathetic character to begin with, but by the end she’s just as monstrous as the monster who created her. In the end, none of them had any positive, redeeming human qualities. Maybe the message is that monsters can only create monsters?Or maybe that deep down, everyone is terrible and cruel and given a choice between kindness and exploitation, people will always choose the latter?

    I would have felt better about the movie if everyone in it had died. And on that positive note… 🙂

    1. You’ve raised some interesting questions. Maybe people don’t choose kindness all the time because it’s harder? It would be very interesting to see the reason behind that death…

  4. Thanks for the idea of watching it. I like the idea of the misconception of the test. Designing the machine to fit a particular person, who is picked based on his psychological profile. I love the irony of Nathan’s last words, which shows how misguided he was.

    1. Yes. And it was very interesting to see how natural Ava seemed to be when doing all of that “manipulation” which might even nor be manipulation from her perspective.

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