Ex Machina's Biggest Villain Hunts You Too

It’s hard to figure out who the villain is in Alex Garland’s sexy robot thriller Ex Machina. That’s what makes the film so, well, thrilling. But as a new featurette called from the studio called “God Complex” makes painfully clear, the real villain is the one you can’t see, the one that’s ever-present, always… » 4/28/15 2:53pm 4/28/15 2:53pm

This Movie's Realistic AI Scared the Shit Out of Me

When I watched the trailer for Ex Machina, I was excited. It wasn’t just the uncanny and attractive robot Ava, either. There were androids, AI, Turing tests! This looked like the scifi movie of my dreams. But when I saw Ex Machina recently, I was terrified. Because it told the truth about what AI might become. » 4/13/15 12:00pm 4/13/15 12:00pm

A Chatbot Has 'Passed' The Turing Test For The First Time

A Russian chatterbot named "Eugene Goostman" has become the first to pass the Turing Test – an assessment of machine intelligence first proposed in 1950 by visionary mathematician, logician and codebreaker Alan Turing – by convincing 1 in 3 judges that it was a 13-year-old non-native-English-speaking Ukrainian boy. » 6/08/14 3:00pm 6/08/14 3:00pm

Free Sgt. Star: Army Ignores FOIA Request for Artificial Intelligence…

Sgt. Star is a 6-foot-1, clean-shaven, strong-jawed white male, with eyes that match the camouflage pattern on his combat uniform. His voice is deep, authoritative and carefully enunciative. He seems to be in his 30s, but he is actually only about 7 years old. » 2/02/14 4:00pm 2/02/14 4:00pm

Her: The existential movie about post-singularity video games

Having finally seen Her, I'm surprised to find the distinct lack of chatter this film is generating among genre fans. This film takes an existential look at the (potential? inevitable?) singularity, and shows viewers the future of video gaming. Be warned, there be spoilers here (although not about the main plot). » 2/02/14 11:56am 2/02/14 11:56am

Unglamorous Space Catastrophes That You'll Never See in a Movie

We were all impressed with the dramatic trailer for Gravity, with George Clooney weathering an explosion on an orbiting space station and Sandra Bullock spinning off into the void of space. Things like that make good cinema. There are other space crises, though, that will never get their own movies. Here are some… » 5/17/13 11:46am 5/17/13 11:46am

10 Bad Movies (That Could Have Been Good With Just One Change)

By Charlie Jane Anders and Katharine Trendacosta. Netflix is a crapshoot. Your local movie theater is a garbage scow. Most movies barely manage to be so bad they're good. But what's really annoying is when you can just see how a movie could have been decent. Here are 10 films that really could have been good, if you… » 3/21/13 10:21am 3/21/13 10:21am