Attention, Internet! The Best Movies About Artificial Intelligence

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WarGames

The Cold War brought about a lot of technological advances, and WarGames explores what might have happened if artificial intelligence was one of them. The War Operation Plan Response (WOPR) supercomputer is accessed by a young hacker, triggering the computer’s simulation of nuclear war. A race then ensues to stop the computer before it actually starts World War III.

How can we teach a computer the difference between a simulation and reality? This is one of the core issues of WarGames, and makes for a truly thought-provoking film.

Her

Less terrifying than the previous movies on this list, Her focuses more on the effect an artificial intelligence could have on human emotions. Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a man who falls in love with an artificial-intelligence-powered operating system named Samantha, and the film explores the sorts of issues this relationship might have.

Her presents a situation that, while it may seem far-fetched, may be something that we need to deal with in the not-too-distant future. And it does so in an emotional and heartfelt manner that’s missing from many other movies about AI.

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