Movies are one of those rare learning resources that don’t make feel sleepy about the subject. History has produced some finest and mind-blowing movies about our subject (AI) too and here we are with the list of top 10 AI movies to watch in 2019.
The beauty of this selected AI movies is that they portrait such an amazing charisma and infinite imagination on the screen that you start imagining your own very world and who knows you might come up with a new type of neural network or something similar to that.
There are some great tech documentaries out there, and it’s hard to select one and leave other but combing through the cinematic archives and what message they are displaying we’ve made our picks for the best A.I.-themed movie.
Such movie also helps to understand what relation does a machine and a human play.
1. The Imitation Game
I have watched this awesome movie four times! The characters have become like old friends, thanks to the fantastic crew and the stellar actors.
This movie is all about one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century the father of computer science and father of AI. Mr. Alan Turing.
Interspersed as it is with meaningful quotes, which in their simplicity, leave you thinking about their inherent common sense and aptness, as when Alan Turing said, “sometimes we can’t do what feels good; we have to do what is logical.”
This, after they had broken the Enigma Code and successfully mapped the location of all British warships, convoys, and German U-boats in the North Atlantic told his team members that they couldn’t just go on a saving spree lest the Germans got wind of their breakthrough, change the settings of the Enigma machine, and bring about three years of hard work to nothing.
Or Joan’s advice to Alan on the importance of interpersonal relationships when she said “if you really want to solve your puzzle, then you are going to need all the help you can get, and they (his team members) are not going to help you if they do not like you”, and how Alan made a little more effort after this.
But based on what we now know today, he may have been on the Autism spectrum seeing as he found it difficult to understand nuanced speech and interactions, comparing conversations, as he once did, to ciphers; thus lacking the basic skills needed for social connections (and which sadly hurt him a lot because he was misunderstood).
The movie is also peppered with quite a handful of insights, like how our brains work differently hence, making us have different preferences and tastes; how we never really know the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of many successful ventures, the players of which never get to be celebrated; why an unflinching belief in ourselves and our vision even when others do not may be the lynchpin that persuades them to our point of view; also how “sometimes it is the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine” and why we must by necessity, tolerate and treat with consideration those we deem different from us
Her is a beautiful story that tells us about the relations of human and machine, how a man can start to feel a desperate love toward a machine and how a machine starts to feed all the emotions that make a human happy.
It is a story of the future, in which a man named Theodore Twombly who is a writer by profession, is living a lonely and introverted life after he had divorced from his childhood sweetheart Catherine.
In his depression, Theodore brought Samantha, an intelligent computer operating system personified through a female voice.
Theodore get fascinated by Samantha(AI OS) and her ability to learn and grow psychologically and he starts feeling emotions toward the OS. Theodore quickly gets fall in love with Samantha and soon both of them starts to live like a couple.
This is one of those artificial intelligence film, which will many times give you goosebumps. You really start feeling happy for Theodore that he is out of depression, but at one point your heart gets heavy because after all Samantha is a machine, Theodore can’t even touch her.
I’ll not reveal the end of the story here as I really want you to enjoy this first movie of our AI movies list with a blank mind.
Her is an amazing movie about artificial intelligence, where you get to see those emotions between a human and machine in a lovely manner, that you eventually start to feel it in your heart.
2. Ex Machina
Ex-Machine is a smart, intelligent movie that addresses big questions about technology and morality and at the time it is a hugely entertaining psychological thriller.
It is a story about a man named Caleb Smith played by Domhnall Gleeson. Caleb Smith is a programmer at an internet-search giant like our today’s Google.
Caleb participates in a competition and wins it. He gets a chance to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman.
Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence.
That AI experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated and more deceptive than the two men could have imagined.
Nathan Bateman sits in isolation and keeps eye on Caleb, to monitor how he is doing with his AI. Soon power struggle develops between Nathan and Caleb. The movie that seems like a sci-fi movie slowly starts to turn to horror, the movie takes you on a roller coaster journey full of ups and downs, with many turns and twists.
This is one of the best AI movies that has been ever made. This movie asks you a complicated question like nature vs nurture in a simple manner and danger of exceeding limits of nature.
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey
The third movie in the list of our AI movies is 2001: A Space Odyssey.
2001: A Space Odyssey shows us what happens when the slave (machine) becomes master and when the master (human) becomes a slave.
The 1968 classic is a mind-bending sci-fi symphony that tells the story of astronaut Dr. Dave Bowman’s (Keir Dullea) mission to locate mysterious black monoliths that act as connections between past and present time.
During the mission, the spacecraft’s computer system, HAL, begins to display odd behavior ultimately leading to a tense standoff between astronauts and the computer. HAL found out that soon the astronaut’s team are going to disconnect him and which in other seance is a death for a machine.
HAL 9000 turns into an “evil computer”, decides to kill two astronauts because he is unable to reconcile the order to conceal the true nature of its mission with its self-described incapacity to fail.
HAL is seen by any AI experts as the best example of AI in the film, even if the film doesn’t go into detail about how HAL works.
The story of this movie asks us many questions on morality and show us that terrible scenario when AI starts to rule. The reason you should watch this movie is to get an understanding of the difference we and machine have i.e concessions and what happens if AI start to take care of themselves and their life.
It is one of my must recommendation in this list of AI movies. The films open up with the creator of a big artificial intelligence company played by Wiliam Hertz and he is trying to convince all bord people that his robots can love.
And when the board member heard Wiliam is saying that his robots can love, most people start to laugh over him.
The story revolves around a robot boy called David that has been created by William. Hertz.
The robot-kid is given to a grieving family to test its ability to love. The family already had a kid which is in the coma. The mother of the family didn’t like David as she thought they are replacing his own kid another kid.
But soon she starts to fall in love with David and accept him as her kid. When that coma boy Martin come out of the coma. A war gets started between David and Martin to win over there parents. Martin manipulates David to do those things cause of which their mother get hurts.
The family ultimately abandons David and he leaves to search for the Blue Fairy from the “Adventures of Pinocchio.” David hopes that she’ll turn him into a real boy and his adoptive family will take him back.
By watching this movie you will be aware of something more about AI, that it is not about humans at all. It is about the dilemma of artificial intelligence. A thinking machine cannot think.
All it can do is run programs that may be sophisticated enough for it to fool us by seeming to think. A computer that passes the Turing Test is not thinking. All it is doing is passing the Turing Test.
5. I, Robot
The next movie in our list of best AI movies is I Robot that was released in 2004. I, Robot is a pretty easy-to-love film, it’s got mystery, robots and lots of fun special effects.
The film is set in 2035 in an age where humans have become exceedingly dependent on robots in their everyday lives. Robots have become more and more advanced, but each one is preprogrammed to always obey humans and to, under no circumstances, ever harm a human.
The robots operate under three rules designed to keep humans safe.
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm;
2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law;
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
These famous robot rules were introduced by Science fiction author Isaac Asimov in his 1942 short story, “Runaround”, which was part of the collection of stories called ‘I, Robot’.
These rules seem to set up a pretty peaceful coexistence for robots and humans until a rogue robot decides to introduce the Zeroth law which states “A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.”
Without giving too much away once this new rule is introduced, robot chaos ensues. While the idea of programming robots to a set of rules is pretty accurate, the fact that a single robot could spontaneously reprogram itself is laughable.
So, when a scientist turns up dead and a humanoid robot is the main suspect, the world is left to wonder if they are as safe around their electronic servants as previously thought. Will Smith stars as Del Spooner, the robot-hating Chicago cop assigned to the murder investigation.
The movie I, Robot takes you on a beautiful journey where you get to imagine a world where robots are common and it also sends alerts that don’t depend on robots too much.
Bonus: Blade Runner 2049
After watching this movie the first question that will come in your mind that how one can make such a perfect movie, perfection at it’s best. Blade Runner 2049 thicks all those boxes that make a movie a great movie, and if there is any hero of this film, then it is the director of the film, Denis Villeneuve.
You can clearly see and feel the Denis Villeneuve hard work in every screen or in every millisecond of this movie. Even the fraction of second of this movie is the best at the unbeatable level and that’s what make it one of all time best AI movies.
The first time I saw Blade Runner 2049, I was overwhelmed by its visuals and astonished by its achievements. On second viewing, a sense of elegiac sadness cut through the spectacle, implanting altogether more melancholy memories.
I wish all other upcoming AI movies must be made like this one.
Now, let’s come to the story, blade runner 2049 is the sequel of blade runner that was release 1998, in blade runner (1998) we got to see the future of 2019, and in blade runner 2049 we got to see the future of 2049.
The films start with, Tyrell Corporation which has stopped making synthetic humans known as replicants. Because of this Tyrell Corporation faces bankruptcy. Another Corporation called Wallace Corporation purchases Tyrell Corporation and start making their new models of replicants.
Then the work of killing the older model of replicants is given to blade runner cops. The story mostly revolves around a blade runner cop, Mr. K (Ryan Gosling) which is a replicant of a new model who has assigned the job of killing the older model.
On his mission, K unearths a long-buried secret that the replicants can reproduce. The fact that replicants reproduce can be very dangerous for mankind and that’s why K has got the order from the corporation to destroy all the evidence that points toward this fact.
But, Mr. Wallace gets excited after hearing this fact and he decides to put this secret in this replicants.
Blade Runner 2049, is a kind of movie that will be discussed in many many upcoming years, this is not going to forget any time soon.
The experiences and effect that get generated after watching AI movies like above are not easy to describe, in extreme cases, they totally change our thoughts about the world and helps us to be more positive and motivate. We get a chance to rethink about the future that we are making today.
AI is a sensitive topic, it is as equal to putting life in a dead object and if we start doing this in a perfect manner and in a huge mass, we are really close to God, and after all, God has to manage this world, will humans be able to manage there world? That’s the question we need to address.
If I miss any other AI movies that you like please let me know in the comment box.
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