Movies
Wednesday 8 February 2023

Film & the Future: Ex Machina

Film & the Future | Ex Machina

Practical information

Hoogt in Bieb Neude
Neude 11
3512 AE Utrecht View location
Date Wed 8 Feb
Time 19:00

This program is in English.

Film & the Future is a coproduction by Podium and Hoogt on Tour. In this series of events, we have a closer look at the rapid developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and how these might affect our (future) everyday life. We see the film Ex Machina.

Will future robots become so advanced that they will actually be able to function just like humans? Flirt with us, and manipulate us into helping them take over? How afraid should we be of robots that outsmart humans? In Ex Machina (2014), director Alex Garland plays on that fear. Not by opening a can of killer terminators, but with a psychological duel between two men and a robot.

Twenty-something Caleb works for the powerful internet company Bluebook and wins a competition organised by the company. The prize: a week’s stay in the remote futuristic estate of Nathan, Bluebooks founder and owner. Nathan turns out to have built his own robot, the beautiful Ava, and asks Caleb to participate in an experiment. In daily interview sessions with Ava, he will have to find out to what extent her artificial intelligence can still be distinguished from human intelligence. Ava warns Caleb of Nathan’s dark intentions. But who is manipulating whom?

Aftertalk with expert guest

After the movie, we will host an aftertalk with an expert guest from the field of robotisation and AI that you can ask all your questions. Name to be announced soon, so make sure to check this page for updates.

About Film & the Future

Film & the Future is a coproduction by Podium and Hoogt on Tour. In this series of events, we have a closer look at the rapid developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and how these might affect our (future) everyday life. After the screening, we host an aftertalk with an expert guest to open the conversation about the film. What does it show us, and what can we learn from it? What might our lives look like in the future and which role will AI play in them?

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470752/

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