Show Notes

Lone genius inventor

The myth. Thomas Edison. Google. Boss guy taking credit. Standing on the shoulders of giants. Could the open source movement make great breakthroughs possible for small groups? Didn’t it already?

Turing Test

Commonly misunderstood. But the intelligence in this movie is way past that anyway. Testing for theory of mind might be the right track for the future.

Personification of AI

Being a cute, vulnerable girl AI goes a long way. Uncanny valley. Sexual attraction to non-human humanoid intelligences.

AI Danger

Fast/slow takeoff. AI will look back on us like pre-Sapiens fossils. It is not difficult to “escape the box.” If a person can do it, so can a superintelligence.

Machine Learning/Data Collection

Google might be the biggest and most successful AI project in the world. Phone spying. Black-box neural networks. Algorithmic complexity.

AI Ethics

Is it immoral to create an AI and not let it be free? “Do you have someone testing you who could turn you off?” Romantic interest better than morals? Does Nathan consider how he is treating the AIs? God complex. Baghavad Gita. The end of humanity. AI arms race.

[spoiler title=’Spoiler Notes’ style=’default’ collapse_link=’true’]Section Did Ava leave Caleb to die? Did she do it purposely? What will her next move be?[/spoiler]


  • artificial intelligence, 
  • cyborg, 
  • ethics, 
  • future, 
  • lone genius, 
  • man versus machine, 
  • robot, 
  • science fiction, 
  • turing test