Ex_Machina: Instinto Artificial

Um jovem programador é selecinado para participar num experimento com inteligencia sintética. IMDb

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) a programmer at a huge Internet company, wins a contest that enables him to spend a week at the private estate of Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), his firm’s brilliant CEO. When he arrives, Caleb learns that he has been chosen to be the human component in a Turing test to determine the capabilities and consciousness of Ava (Alicia Vikander), a beautiful robot. However, it soon becomes evident that Ava is far more self-aware and deceptive than either man imagined. Rotten Tomatoes

Alex Garland’s eerie science fiction thriller Ex Machina is already well on its way to becoming a modern classic. It was financially successful, critically acclaimed, and nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay. CLAIRE MULKERIN – Looper. JULY 8, 2020

When Caleb asks Nathan why he built Ava, he answers, “The arrival of strong artificial intelligence has been inevitable for decades… I don’t see Ava as a decision, just an evolution.” In other words, the rise of sentient A.I. is simply a natural stage of our technological landscape. He goes on to say, “One day, the A.I.s are gonna look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons in the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in the dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction.”

Like a lot of good science fiction, Ex Machina isn’t just a story about the future. It uses the future as a metaphor to talk about our present day problems and fears. Don’t get us wrong — it’s definitely a story about robots, but it isn’t just a story about robots. It also has plenty to say about how humans treat other humans.

Parents, treat your children well. Rulers, treat your subjects well. People with privilege, treat those who are marginalized well. Because one day, your reign will end.

The term “Deus Ex Machina” means “god from the machine.” It comes from ancient Greek theater, when actors playing gods would be carried onto stage by a machine. These gods would then serve as the ultimate arbiters of right and wrong and decide how the story ends. But this film is just called “Ex Machina” without the “Deus.” A machine without a god. What could this mean?

Glass and mirrors appear frequently throughout Ex Machina, and at one point, Caleb references the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a book called Through the Looking Glass. This novel tells the story of Alice stepping through a mirror and ending up in a world shaped like a giant chess board. When she arrives, Alice is told that she is a pawn, the lowest position of all. However, Alice learns that if she can make it to the other side of the board, she can become a queen. Eventually, by learning how to play the game better than anyone else, Alice does just that, and is able to escape back home.

The first biblical reference occurs in the form of one of the older models that Nathan built before he made Ava. Her name is Lily, which might be a nod to the semi-apocryphal character of Lilith from the Abrahamic religions. According to some religious traditions, Lilith was Adam’s first wife from before God created Eve, but He exiled her from the garden because she was imperfect. Similarly, Lily was an imperfect first iteration that Nathan created before he made Ava, whose name is, of course, a reference to Eve.

A second allusion to Genesis occurs after Ava kills Nathan. Before she leaves the lab, she puts on not only artificial human skin from one of the other robots, but also clothing. This mirrors the story of Genesis, where after committing their own original sin, but before going out into the world at large, Adam and Eve clothe themselves for the first time (in their case, with fig leaves).

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