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Movies and shows that can help prepare you for a possible futuristic world dominated by AI
Shilpa S
Aug 15, 2021
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Artificial Intelligence or AI is a concept that many filmmakers love to experiment with. There are a plethora of sci-fi TV shows and movies, and they have evolved over the years when it comes to the portrayal of robots and technology. Initially, the concept of robots and AI always took on antagonistic overtones that are always defeated by humans. But now, they talk of an inevitable ‘AI takeover’ where robots and technology join together to overthrow or protect the human race. The makers of films and shows have started exploring different avenues when it comes to technology or sci-fi genre, leading to quirky and at times, poignant portrayals of mankind’s invention.

Here are a few films and TV shows from sci-fi genre that you should catch to probably learn some survival tactics in case the AI and robots indeed take over the world

1
The Matrix
8.9OTTplay Rating
The Academy Award-winning film The Matrix, is the first installment in The Matrix franchise. It revolves around how the AI has taken over control and imprisoned humankind in a simulated reality called the Matrix, and they are blissfully unaware that their world is a construct created by the machines. When a young hacker discovers the truth and tries to fight against his oppressors, it leads to an epic showdown of man versus machine. The Matrix is regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time with amazing visual effects and action sequences that challenge the audience’s concept of reality.
2
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
8.9OTTplay Rating
The second installment in the Terminator franchise, Terminator 2: Judgement Day is regarded as the best film among the series. It follows the events of the first movie wherein AI sends a killer Cyborg back in time from a dystopian future to destroy the mother of the future leader of the human race. In the sequel, the Terminator, a sentient machine takes on the role of protector, after being reprogrammed by humans. Its mission this time is to protect the leader in his youth, after the AI makes another advanced machine to kill him. With groundbreaking CGI of the time, stunning action sequences and superb performances by the cast that include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, became a hit among fans and critics, with some calling it a landmark sci-fi film.
3
Westworld
8.9OTTplay Rating
Based on a film of the same name from 1973, Westworld is set in a futuristic amusement park with the theme of the Wild West in the 2050s, where ‘humanoids’ developed by a scientist cater to every whim and fancy of the park’s guests. Their memories are wiped clean periodically and they are programmed in a way that prohibits them from causing harm to humans. When an update causes a few ‘humanoids’ to gain sentience, they decide to orchestrate a rebellion against their creator. The series, which has won several awards, was praised especially for using the seemingly-at-odds elements of an American Old West theme in a futuristic setting.
4
Her
8.2OTTplay Rating
Her is different from most films featuring AI as it combines the classic elements of sci-fi with romance, culminating in a beautiful film about how a man falls in love with an intangible operating system built to be his virtual assistant. Its depiction of the strange relationship in a way that was able to capture the emotional depth and raw feelings that form the crux of human connection is supported well by an incredible performance by Joaquin Phoenix as the lead. It is not a classic example of man-machine conflict but sets the premise of AI taking over larger control over the human race. When the AI who names herself Samantha shares with Joaquin’s character that she speaks to thousands of people and falls in love with hundreds of them, it shows how one man is just a small part of the world and how technology is growing rapidly. The critically-acclaimed film was also nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for its screenplay.
5
Black Mirror
6.3OTTplay Rating
This anthology series, set in a futuristic world with technology, leaps and bounds ahead of ours, explores a wide variety of themes in its individual stand-alone episodes. In it, technology is depicted as a catalyst for innovations to alter basic human nature, and shows the human-machine conflict in a completely different, yet subtle way. The technology featured in the series includes an implant that records and stores all that a human sees and hears, and virtual reality simulations that blur the line between the virtual world and reality. The critically-acclaimed series also spawned an interactive film by the name Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
6
Blade Runner
8OTTplay Rating
Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, this classic Ridley Scott film is set in a futuristic dystopian 2019, where a powerful corporation has built an array of androids to work in space colonies. When a group of them rebel and make their way back to earth in a stolen spaceship, it is up to a ‘blade runner’, a policeman who specialises in hunting down criminal ‘humanoids’, and capturing them. The movie has gained the status of a cult classic and has been regarded as a pioneer in science fiction films, which inspired several famous Hollywood movies in the genre.

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