Friday 17 August, 6.30pm, Federation Hall, Southbank
Artificial intelligence isn’t a thing of the future anymore – self-taught AI is already smarter than humans at gaming, life-like interactive sex robots are in high demand, and Google Assistant can switch the lights in your home on and off at your request. Does AI make our lives more perfect?
Join us for a brief chat with PhD candidate and physiotherapist Jessica Williams followed by a screening of Ex Machina.
Ex Machina synopsis
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).
Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test – charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence.
That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking AI whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated — and more deceptive — than the two men could have imagined.