Wine & Film Club – Ex-Machina

Wine & Film Club – Ex-Machina

November 27, 2017 10:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

 

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Inspired by the Cambridge Film Festival 2017, JCI Cambridge hosted a “Wine & Film Club” on Tuesday the 24th of October 2017.

With the help of Erica Adarve Colás, director and producer of short films, we explored the themes of artificial intelligence and the concept of consciousness and the manipulative techniques the characters in the film used to augment the humanity of both viewer and characters alike.

What is consciousness? “The challenge is not to act automatically. It´s to find an action that is not automatic. From talking, to breathing, to painting”. How successful was the Turin test? What was the role of Kyoko in the movie? Is she smarter than her creator thought she was? Can we control technology or will it eventually control-maybe even overpower-us?

Erica also took us behind the scenes highlighting various techniques directors use to give more context to the movie.

Please download this free document containing a more detailed analysis of the movie, complete with timeline within the movie where you can stop and analyse certain scenes.

Here is a taster of the analysis included in the document:

  • The location of the house in the movie is the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Norway. A double room with breakfast costs NOK 1750 per person in a double room (£170).
  • The sound made when the key-card activates a door to open is the “Tejat” sound from the Android Operating System.
  • The title derives from the Latin phrase “Deus Ex-Machina,” meaning “a god from the Machine,” a phrase that originated in Greek tragedies. An actor playing a god would be lowered down via a platform (machine) and solve the characters’ issues, resulting in a happy ending.
On Nathan’s computer, a folder on the desktop screen is named Deus Ex Machina. That is the only use of the movie’s title within the movie itself.
  • Early in the movie, Caleb listens to the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark song “Enola Gay” (1980). The Enola Gay was the airplane used to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. Later, in talking to Nathan about how AI (Artificial Intelligence) will transform the world, Caleb shares J. Robert Oppenheimer’s quote from the Bhagavad Gita about the making of that atomic bomb (“I am become death, the destroyer of worlds”).
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We hope to be running a similar networking event in 2018. If you would like to be involved or have any questions, please get in touch with [email protected]

 

 

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