‘Ex Machina’ is the best movie about artificial intelligence in 40 years

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In the future, how will we tell if a robot has human-level intelligence?

For decades, the litmus test of choice was the Turing Test, which asks: can a computer program fool one in three judges into thinking it’s human? But the Turing Test says nothing about a program’s ability to reason, or be creative or aware. It’s essentially an exercise in deception, so scientists have started devising other metrics to measure artificial intelligence.

Writer/director Alex Garland’s new sci-fi film “Ex Machina,” in theatres starting today, explores the real meaning of intelligence and consciousness. Not since Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey has a film about AI been this good. “Ex Machina,” which has more than a few “2001” references, is worth seeing, especially if you’ve got any interest in exploring what it means to be a thinking, feeling human. (Warning: spoilers ahead.)

The film follows tech billionaire Nathan and Caleb, one of his employees…

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