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Alex Garland, Writer and Director of 'Ex Machina', Did an AMA

By Genevieve Burgess | Celebrity | May 9, 2015 |



We’ve talked about Ex Machina here a few times, and how amazing it was. The good news is that the film’s popularity is paying off and it’s expanding to 2,000 screens this weekend. Director Alex Garland did an AMA with A.I expert Murray Shanahan and scientist Adam Rutherford. They covered a lot of interesting topics related to AI, and some spoilery stuff about the movie that I’ll include at the end and tag again so you don’t read it if you’re waiting to see the film. You can click on the images to pop out larger versions if you’re having trouble reading.

A great deal of questions dealt with AI itself and how close we might be to something like Ava. Reassuringly, the answer seems to be “not very”:

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That doesn’t mean that our existing AI isn’t kind of creepy, though:
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But the good news is that it seems like the version of AI that appeared in the film made everyone happy:
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They enjoyed that dance scene just as much as the rest of us:
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And praise for Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac:

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Now for the SPOILER stuff. If you haven’t seen Ex Machina yet and are going to, I would definitely recommend staying away from this. It’s a fantastic movie, but the less you know about the climax itself, the more interesting it will be. For the comments, please try to tag any comments with spoilers, and don’t reply to non-spoiler comments with spoilers. I know some of you have already seen the film, but keep in mid that it hasn’t been easily accessible for a lot of people.

First off, we have a question about whether or not Ava has empathy. It seems that a good number of the audience aren’t on the same page as Mr.Garland as to who the protagonist of the film is, as Garland himself has flatly stated that this is Ava’s film, and he’s on her side:
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And the prospect of Ava herself bringing more AI beings into the world:
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And finally, the sequel question:
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