Stephen Arnell

‘I’m sorry, Dave’: AI in the movies

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2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968 (Alamy)

Artificial intelligence (AI) has rarely been out of the headlines over recent months, creating foreboding that computers will soon be an existential threat to humanity.

Movies have long anticipated this, beginning almost a century ago with Fritz Lang’s dystopian classic Metropolis (1927). Seven years earlier, Czech writer Karel Čapek’s stage play R.U.R.

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