AI - Artificial Intelligence

By Mary Simon

Robots, androids, replicants—"smart" machines with emotional intelligence, capable of empathy and human understanding—serve as the backdrop for many movies, books, and TV shows. Here's a selection of some of the classics as well as new interpretations of this same theme.

  • Blade Runner : The Final Cut

    2010 by Ridley Scott

    "One of the greatest science fiction films ever made— certainly one of the best about AI. With its towering cityscapes, dreamy Vangelis soundtrack and nods to film noir, the movie offers a vision of a dystopian future (2019) devoid of human emotion."—The Guardian. Exceedingly atmospheric, based on the sci-fi classic, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (see annotation on list) makes us question the notion of replicants devoid of emotions.

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  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    1968 by Philip K Dick

    Androids with no sense of empathy! Really? This classic explores so much of what we used to think about robots and our ability to design, nurture, and live with them.

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  • Ex Machina

    2015 by Alex Garland

    Creepy, eerie, and totally believable. The future with emotionally real robots. Twists and turns; outstanding performance by Alicia Vikander.

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  • The Mad Scientist's Daughter

    2013 by Rose Clarke, Cassandra.

    What must it be like to love your tutor who happens to be an android? An android with deep emotions. Compelling and haunting.

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  • 2001, A Space Odyssey

    2007 by Stanley Kubrick

    "Mankind finds a mysterious artifact buried on the moon and with the intelligent computer HAL 9000, sets off on a quest to Jupiter." (Catalog summary) A simple description that doesn't even begin to capture the depth of this movie. Originally released as a motion picture in 1968, this enhanced 2-disc set has extras worth watching.

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  • I, Robot

    2004 by Alex Proyas

    The year is 2035. The setting is Chicago. The issue is a robot who has broken the first Law of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. And he's killed a scientist no less. Who Ya Gonna Call? Technophobic homicide detective Del Spooner of the Chicago PD and robopsychologist Dr. Susan Calvin, who specializes in the psyches of robots, of course. Will Smith delivers a spot-on performance as the detective. Based on an idea suggested by Isaac Asimov's short story collection of the same name.

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  • Cinder

    2012 by Marissa Meyer

    Fast-paced and plot-driven, this romantic revised take on Cinderella delivers major impact. The twists and turns combined with complex characters pull you into this captivating rendition.

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  • Westworld

    2010 by Richard Benjamin

    Circuitry goes haywire in robots at a wild west fantasy theme park. Stars Yul Brynner in a setting combining the future with the past. Librarian's Note: this is not the HBO series which came out in 2016 which Skokie Public Library will acquire once disc is released.

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