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Ex Machina

  • 2015
  • R
  • 108min
  • 93%
  • 7.7 / 10

Caleb is a junior programmer at the world’s most popular search engine. He spends a week in the home Nathan, the company’s CEO, who has actually chosen him to be a participant in his Turing test for an artificially intelligent program that he housed inside a robotic girl.

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The Turing test is a methodical inquiry into the validity of an artificial intelligence program to be able to exhibit human being-like qualities. It was proposed by English mathematician Alan Turing, who initiated machine learning in the 1940s-1950s. Originally, it was known as “The Imitation Game”. It pitted three participants – two humans operated a computer, and a terminal operated by a computer. One of the human participants interrogates between the second human and the computer. After some time, the interrogator determines which of the two respondents was human or a computer. The computer is deemed just as human as its counterpart if the interrogator regards it as such, 50% of the time during the duration of the test. Dr. Hugh Loebner was the first to implement the test, pledging $100,000 to any “human-like” computer that could pass the Turing test. To make the test even more comprehensive, Steven Harnad proposed the “Total Turing Test” wherein the computer is tested for all areas in human interactions, with the test lasting a lifetime.


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Ex Machina is Alex Garland’s directorial debut film. It is a science fiction and psychological thriller starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac. Made on a production budget of $15 million, the film had a gross earning of $36.9 million at the box office. It was also recognized by the National Board of Review as one of the ten best independent films of 2015. It has won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, with actress Alicia Vikander’s performance gaining her nominations for the Golden Globes, BAFTA, Empire Award, and Saturn Award.