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PLUG-IN FRIENDS AND FUTURE DAYS…

From what I see in the magazines, the papers and online, there really is no shortage of spectacular big movies of science fiction and fantasy due in 2015 and it seems to start right away. What films are you looking forward to in 2015?

This month we get Ex-Machina, a thought provoking and very intelligent science fiction thriller from Alex Garland-writer of The Beach, 28 Days Later and Sunshine to name only some of his work. This is his first film as director and he keep it like that from this point on.

I have read in the last week or two, several pieces about him and the film and it could be one of the more challenging and serious SF movies that we will see this year. In some ways similar to the Johnny Depp starring film Transcendence from last year, this movie investigates artificial intelligence and significant advances in technology which could change our lives and work and future drastically.

While the Depp movie recieved mixed reviews and was largely pessimistic about A.I. and what could happen after we reach the expected ‘singularity’ point in advances, Ex-Machina seems to look at things with possibly a more optimistic view, or at least this is how director Alex Garland sees our potential with technology. This in science fiction, could actually be fairly radical.

There have been a number of sci-fi moves which suggest that we should tread extremely carefully with research and us of new advances and how we could then come to rely upon them up to a dangerous degree. Here with Ex-Machina, there seems to be a more rational or objective take on technology, and how we may live with machines which could look like us, live like us and help us on a daily basis.

From Asimov’s ‘three laws of robotics’, to 2001’s HAL and then Speilberg’s A.I. film and then the UK film The Machine from last year, there have been many depictions of robots and cyborgs on screen, but possibly they are getting to a place where we are giving them more respect and space in new and modern stories and films.

As our technology is now so close to robots and machines with A.I. almost passing the legendary Turing test, is it right that we seriously accept and embrace man-made machines which we could live and work alongside every day without forgetting that machines breakdown, fail, cause serious disasters and malfunction regularly and put many people out of work permanently? There are so many questions to ask, but with films like Ex-Machina we are probably move along in the right way.

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About JAMES E PARSONS

Author of science fiction novels Orbital Kin and Minerva Century-also horror, literary fiction, many short stories and screenplays. Always reading, writing, watching films, playing guitar/bass, and am a husband with a coffee addiction. New horror novel due for 2017. This is my blog, offshoot from my website. It will be where I post current thoughts, opinions, views, reviews, or discussions about contemporary film, movies, books, video games, television series mostly in the horror, science fiction, fantasy and their sub-genre offshoots. The entertainment not in the mainstream (for the most part) and proud of it. Also follow me on twitter- @ParsonsFiction, and facebook - James E Parsons

One response to “PLUG-IN FRIENDS AND FUTURE DAYS…

  1. sjhigbee

    It is heartening to see an upsurge in films attempting – with varying degrees of success – to follow and examine such major issues, I think. Like you, I’ll be interested in seeing what they make of it. In the meantime, thank you for an interesting and articulate article:)

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