Alex Garland on Sentient Machines, Google as the new NASA, and Insular Societies
In conversation with Writer and Director Alex Garland about creating and anticipating Artificial Intelligence as seen in movie Ex Machina
With the debut of Ex Machina comes speculation about the potential of Artificial Intelligence and its place within society. In the sci-fi thriller, Alex Garland’s directorial debut, a Google-worthy genius (played by Oscar Issac) develops a robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander) with consciousness of her own. In order to prove Ava’s self-awareness and emotional intelligence, Issac’s character brings in a highly-skilled computer programmer to perform a Turing Test, and what follows is a number of creative experiments to distinguish machine from human.