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Artificial Intelligence in Movies

There’s no question that a good science fiction film typically has to feature some highly intelligent and likable AI characters. For nearly a century now, AI on our screens has gotten more and more common, from a robot that is a good friend and sidekick, to those who chug beer and smoke cigars. All in all, artificial intelligence has gotten more commonplace in the cinema and even on our TV sceeens, so what is it that we love so much about our robotic companions? I decided to dig a little bit deeper into the sci-fi genre for a look into the history of AI in movies.

I was contacted this week by Brian from Enlightened Digital; a creative website that produces some excellent infographics, as well as regular articles. If you run your own website and are looking for a friendly bunch for some discussions about technology and business, you should definitely check them out. Naturally then, when they offered to let me put one of their clean, wonderful infographics on our site, I naturally jumped at the idea and decided to look further into the subject surrounding the infographic.

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Since 1927, we’ve seen AI on our screens, starting with a sci-fi classic, Metropolis. This silent movie was the pioneer in sci-fi films, being the first fully featured film of its kind. It was a visual treat to anyone who got to see it, to where it still looks good today – A powerful message, albeit one that splits opinions somewhat. But this was just the foundations for what would become a trope for sci-fi films – The on-screen AI was born.

Moving on, throughout the years, we gained more and more robotic pals. Naturally, when Star Wars came out, AI was a completely different game. We had the likes of C-3PO and R2-D2 to actually care about. On our TV screens, we ended up getting K9 from Doctor Who, as well as machines like Kit from Knight Rider. AI had become an integral part of the genre, sometimes as a protagonist, sometimes an antagonist – Or, like the just listed pals – Companions. But all of these AI gave the rest of us hope; hope that the future would be filled with more AI for ourselves to benefit from. Robots that could hoover for us; robots that could drive for us. Naturally, as time has progressed, our technology has progressed immensely.

In the 2010’s, we’ve had a lot of AI in films. I think my personal favourite has been Baymax from Big Hero 6; a large robot whose sole purpose is to protect and nurture people. We know that health professionals are really looking into robotics to deal with some simple procedures, such as a basic surgery. It’s an amazing thought to know that we have machines that makes Baymax look actually somewhat believable, given that it’s such an unbelievable world it’s set in.

I’m keeping this one short so you can just enjoy the infographic, but let me know in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter – What’s your favourite AI in film or TV? Where do you see technology leading us in the near future and in the far future? If you’ve got a love for robotics and AI yourself, what’s the coolest robot or AI you’ve ever come across? Share with us all of your passion for technology. Go check out Enlightened Digital whilst you’re at it; I’m sure they’d appreciate it!


4 responses

  1. I think this is one where movies probably aren’t getting it right. It is more likely AI will first emerge in the form of a personal assistant in your smart phone than as an individual entity. That said, there are some very cool ideas in movies for intelligent robots.

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    September 16, 2018 at 8:40 am

    • Agreed – I think sci-fi films are great for encouraging us to push the boundaries of science, but not being hugely realistic. You never know, though! Perhaps in our lifetime, we will meet C-3P0’s and even K-9’s and Kitt’s. I just hope I don’t meet a HAL!

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      September 16, 2018 at 10:37 am

      • I think in C-3PO’s case he would be unnecessary given he seemed to work largely as a translator (kind of) and for the most part that sort of technology will fit very nicely into phones (once it actually works properly and without the hilarious results we currently get).

        Liked by 1 person

        September 16, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      • *Beeps and boops. Google Translate:* “Sorry, I didn’t catch that?” *Beeps and boops louder!*

        Liked by 1 person

        September 16, 2018 at 7:35 pm

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