To start the new year with a bang, we asked the AI experts at BRIDGEi2i to list out their favorite AI-intensive movies that have the perfect blend of AI bots, high-tech processors, supercomputers and twisted human emotions. AI analytics and logic went out the back door as the discussions were overtaken by action descriptions, thrilling storylines, smart protagonists and heroic bots. Here’s presenting the top 10 movies in their order of release, after many tiffs and cups of tea:
The Terminator – 1984
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the alpha-nemesis role, The Terminator was the first of many movies that were instrumental in creating a huge fan following for the actor. The film revolves around a dystopian future where Skynet, an intelligent system, plans to annihilate humanity by sending an invincible human-like cyborg to take control on its behalf.
Vision of AI: Advanced research of neural networks in Deep Learning makes this film a distorted reality of our present AI conditions.
Robocop – 1987
An award-winning film, Robocop is an action-packed drama full of cops, gangsters and a cyborg set in a dystopian, crime-ridden Detroit. The film traces the journey of an honest police officer who dies to become a robotic prototype of an MNC’s experiment to protect law and order of the city. Watch it for the sudden plot twists and gravity-defying action stunts that spawned a whole lot of fandom.
Vision of AI: Robocop’s transformation from a human to a machine-wielding cyborg uses a whole lot of imagination, sophisticated technologies, and AI-based software, and is still a distant dream for us.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence – 2001
A.I. Artificial Intelligence tells the story of a young child-like humanoid who is wired to love everyone. An engaging storyline, human sentiments of love and attachment, and a journey of self-discovery make this particular movie a must watch for all, while it can leave one questioning the ethics of robotics.
Vision of AI: The use of humanoid robots that think, question, and demand love, in an attempt to replace real human kids is a bit disturbing but leaves us intrigued.
I, Robot – 2004
Starring Will Smith in the lead role, this movie is loosely based on Issac Asimov’s short story and takes us into the future where humanoid robots are functioned to serve humans. The mysterious death of the co-founder of a bot-manufacturing company forces the protagonist to decipher if the robots are as they seem or whether the sentient beings have a mind of their own.
Vision of AI: This film traces the AI bots’ journey from servility to domination, and acts as a reminder of how tech can be a real threat to the spirit of the people.
Iron Man – 2008
Iron Man is synonymous with his wit and intellect and who better suited for the hero’s personal assistant than his AI-enabled bot: Jarvis. Just A Rather Very Intelligent System(JARVIS) was named after the superhero’s butler and as a multifunctional software, keeps Iron Man company at all times and helps out with his missions.
Vision of AI: Most of us have fantasized about owning a robot that would perform all mundane tasks for us. Jarvis sets a benchmark and inspires our AI enthusiasts to set the bar high when it comes to innovation!
Eagle Eye – 2008
Two unassuming individuals are brought together by a mysterious voice that commands their unequivocal bidding, bringing them to classified destinations such as the Pentagon, FBI Headquarters, and the State of the Union Address, with the intent to cause mayhem. Watch the movie to find out the real mastermind behind the sinister planning and the role of AI in it.
Vision of AI: The US Govt’s supercomputer Autonomous Reconnaissance Intelligence Integration Analyst (ARIIA) acts as a self-thinking, decision maker that is reminiscent of actual AI-enabled analytics of today.
Moon – 2009
A story that will give you goosebumps until the very end, the setting for this movie happens to be our natural satellite – the Moon and it features a lone astronaut who works here with his computer GERTY. Watch the film to see how the influence of AI adds a creepy tinge to the otherwise simple sci-fi film.
Vision of AI: Programming bots to function and think like humans is a fascinating study since eons, but the reality can be quite scary.
Her – 2013
Her is an intriguing love story between a lonely and depressed man and an intelligent operating system. This film throws light on the startlingly real plight of our disconnected world of suppressed emotions and failing relationships. AI has an exciting role to play here, and one must watch it both for the story and the acting.
Vision of AI: Our dependency on smartphones reveals the real depth of how AI is linked to our lives in more ways than we can imagine.
Ex Machina – 2014
Ex Machina is the perfect mix of tech and philosophy with slightly apocalyptic vibes. The film revolves around an intelligent robot which is said to possess consciousness and exhibits behavior akin to humans having passed the Turing Test. AI fanatics would agree that the twists in this movie make for an exciting watch!
Vision of AI: The central premise of the movie exposes us to the perennial question of what distinguishes humans from robots.
Transcendence – 2014
Transcendence is another nail-bitingly intelligent film that features Johnny Depp in the lead as he aims to create sentient machines capable of the full range of human emotions. Depp’s work takes a backseat when a few anti-technologists attempt to kill him, and his conscious mind is transferred onto a sentient computer, that threatens humankind. Watch this film to understand the impact of technological singularity aka transcendence.
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If you have other films to add to this list, let us know in the comments, and as sure as our love for sci-fi, we’ll watch them soon!