Ex Machina

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The intelligently written and beautifully acted play Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison -- now on extended run at Playwrights Horizons in New York through January 24 -- is also very timely in the world of today's technology.
As I do each year, I'm putting together my "Forgotscars" -- a list of additional nominees that won't get any gold but deserve at least a well-intentioned post by this guy (points to self) as a way of saying "thanks."
Last year -- Oct. 21 to be exact -- hordes of fanboys celebrated Back to the Future Day, which was the date in which Marty McFly traveled to save his children in Back to the Future Part II. Well, fittingly, the cinematic year of 2015 was all about going back in time.
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Alicia Vikander, from Scandinavia, has had a breakout year nailing diverse performances in ways that make her almost unrecognizable in each role.
I surely have no expertise in this field but I remain convinced that any such replication, however precise and infinitely complex, would remain as "dumb" as a more sophisticated version of Siri on my iPhone. More is more, but more is not consciousness.
No, no I'm actually talking about The Machine, another film entirely. But in an curious way, I'm talking about Ex Machina as well, because it turns out there are some interesting parallels between the two films.
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There is no stopping our shared future with intelligent machines, whether this brings us comfort or conflict or both. Those lessons from the Stone Age must surely remain in our bones, and we cannot shake them even as we look ahead to the stars or down at our phones.
There are many reasons to be impressed with Ex Machina, the recently released, exceptionally well-done sci-fi thriller directed by Alex Garland, starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. Most notably, however, is its ability to be both ordinary and unique at the same time.
If you think of a night at the movies as a chance for escapist fantasy, then you may want to think twice before screening Alex Garland's Ex Machina.
Machine-made consciousness remains one of the great challenges of modern science. "Ex Machina" makes us think about what that might mean.
Caleb is a lucky guy. As the movie Ex Machina begins, he's just won the contest conducted by his employer Bluebook, the world's largest search engine. The prize is for him to spend a week at the super-secretive mountain retreat of his company's brilliant, prickly CEO.