“The development of full artificial intelligence (AI) could spell the end of the human race,” Stephen Hawking told BBC.
Stephen Hawking has a neurological disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), which has led him to use advanced forms of technology to communicate. Most recently, he has been using a new system that sustains a form of artificial intelligence created by the British company Swiftkey. According to BBC, “their technology learns how the professor thinks and suggests the words he might want to use next.”
These types of advances in technology warrants pop culture’s fear of machines dominating the human race. Films such as Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,” Stanley Kubricks’ “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” and James Cameron’s “The Terminator” portray our society’s looming depiction of a near future in which machines have a dominating control over the human race.
You can now add Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina” to that list. A young computer programmer spends a week with a CEO tech genius, conducting a “turing test” on an A.I. named Ava, which involves the testing of a machine’s ability to exhibit human behavior. The screenwriter of “Never Let Me Go,” Alex Garland, premiered the film at SXSW, though it doesn’t release until April 10th, 2015.
KCRW members can catch the film at an exclusive screening at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills on March 31st, 2015. Visit KCRW’s website for more information and join Native at the screening.