At SXSW, ‘Ex Machina’ Taps into Fears of Tech, Artificial Intelligence
March 17, 2015
(The Wall Street Journal) – The South by Southwest festival of tech, film and music features lively debates over the benefits, and risks, or artificial intelligence. Which made it a good setting for the North American debut of “Ex Machina,” a movie about a tech CEO creating a conscious female robot. In the film, a young programmer at a Google like company named BlueBook wins a lottery to spend a week living and working alongside its reclusive CEO, Nathan, on a secret project. The CEO introduces the programmer, Caleb, to Ava, a self-aware, sentient cyborg.