Attention, Internet! The Best Movies About Artificial Intelligence

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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.


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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