Humanity, Philosophy, and Artificial Intelligence

The concept of artificial intelligence has often been used in film to explore philosophical concepts about humanity and living as humans (examples include the recent Chappie and classic sci fi favourite The Matrix). Why do creators use AI as their method for exploring humanity and what do such films show us about how humans see themselves?

  • This is really interesting because there have been even more recent examples like the movie Ex Machina and the television series Humans that really blur the lines. I think this is a timely topic – DClarke 7 years ago
  • They use AI to define humanity on a knowledge vs emotional capacity basis. Some great movies that blur that line are A.I.:Artificial Intelligence and Bladerunner (and Terminator too I guess, not to any great extent though, the robot at most only feels loyalty). – Slaidey 7 years ago

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