Things Ex Machina made me aware of:
Murray Shanahan Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London was scientific advisor on the movie.
The python code shown towards the end of the movie (Calebs edit) is an easter egg, written by Shanahan, leading us to his book: “Embodiment and the inner life: Cognition and Consciousness in the Space of Possible Minds”.
Shanahans terminus of “the space of possible minds” led me to the “the problem of other minds” and “the hard problem of consciousness”. If you’ve ever asked yourself: “Can AI become self aware?” — you should at some point think about those too: “Is my dog self aware?”, “Is my boss self aware?”. Welcome to philosophy. Welcome to the art of thinking. Welcome to AI.
Virtual time travel might be a thing, once our superintelligence post-human fellows use their hyper-computers to simulate living things. Promise me to read the “Interstellar travel and post-humans” article by Martin Rees, written about two weeks ago (!).
Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related single-car accident when he was driving. In the movie Nathan uses a Pollock opus to make us aware of the fact that life is about actions that are not automated. Made me think of weak AI VS strong AI.
“Deus ex machina” (Latin: “god out of the machine”; plural: dei ex machina) is a plot device in a play or novel. It’s an unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation.
The Turing test was first mentioned in Alan Turing’s paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”, published in October 1950.
“Enola Gay” is an anti-war song by the British synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), and the only single from the band’s 1980 album, Organisation. The track addresses the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, during the final stages of World War II.