December 1, 2023

Since Friday, the most well liked AI firm in Silicon Valley has been caught in a loss of life spiral — imploding like a dying star. That firm, OpenAI, fascinated the world final yr with the launch of its chatbot ChatGPT, at the same time as the corporate itself grew to become the avatar of a dire future predicted by AI doomers. “The event of full synthetic intelligence might spell the top of the human race,” Stephen Hawking as soon as stated in a BBC interview — the sort of nightmare situation that Hollywood motion pictures have dramatized for years, and one which OpenAI was ostensibly working laborious to keep away from.

Till, that’s, the corporate ripped itself aside following a boardroom coup, throwing its future into doubt and dramatically reorienting the AI panorama.

There’ll ultimately be a fascinating, The Social Community-style film about what occurred at OpenAI; of that, I’m sure. Not that we’re precisely missing within the meantime for motion pictures that discover the influence of AI on humanity. Three of my favourite motion pictures that I feel are among the many smartest and well-made concerning the darkish aspect of AI embody director Spike Jonze’s Her from 2013; Alex Garland’s 2014 masterpiece Ex Machina; and Gareth Edwards’ The Creator, which was launched in theaters earlier this yr and is at present one of many high VOD motion pictures of the week.

Her (2013)

Jonze’s Her received a 2014 Oscar for Finest Unique Screenplay, and it’s simple to see why. Set in Los Angeles within the close to future, Her follows the character of Theodore Twombly — a lonely, fragile man performed by Joaquin Phoenix who’s nonetheless heartbroken after the top of an extended relationship. He ultimately strikes up a relationship with “Samantha,” a complicated working system voiced by Scarlett Johansson, they usually two ultimately fall into an odd and interesting model of affection.

The film is stuffed with stunning, poetic exchanges like this one between Theodore and Samantha, who says: “You understand, I can really feel the concern that you just carry round and I want there was… one thing I might do that can assist you let go of it as a result of for those who might, I don’t assume you’d really feel so alone anymore.” You’re stunning, he responds.

“Thanks, Theodore.”

Ex Machina (2014)

In Garland’s chilling psychological thriller, one other snapshot from a model of the not-too-distant future, the story takes viewers to the mountain retreat of an web billionaire. From Apple’s abstract of the film: “A younger man takes half in an odd experiment: Testing a man-made intelligence, housed within the physique of an exquisite robotic woman. However the experiment twists right into a darkish psychological battle — a love triangle, the place loyalties are torn between man and machine.”

The Creator (2023)

Lastly, the factor that excited me instantly about this final title on our checklist of AI-themed motion pictures is the truth that it has Edwards’ identify hooked up to it.

Edwards beforehand directed the masterful Star Wars film Rogue One which was launched again in 2016, and its heartfelt story about rebels giving all of it for a (seemingly) misplaced trigger introduced one thing contemporary and unique to the Star Wars franchise — whereas additionally organising the near-perfect Disney+ sequence Andor. And who can neglect that epic Darth Vader lightsaber battle aboard the ship on the finish of the film?

In Edwards’ new movie The Creator, in the meantime, John David Washington performs an ex-special forces agent who’s grieving for his spouse. A battle has damaged out between the human race and AI-controlled machines, and Washington’s character is recruited to seek out “the creator,” the AI architect who’s developed a weapon that may finish the battle (in addition to mankind).

The group of troopers crosses enemy traces and ventures deep into AI-controlled territory, the place they uncover that the world-ending weapon they’ve been tasked with destroying is AI within the type of a younger youngster.