When the android Sophie “spoke” at the United Nations in 2017, as well as on the Tonight Show that year, its translucent skull made the allusion to Ava in the movie Ex Machina (2014) undeniable. The significance of this kind of crossover between applied AI and robotics on one hand, and fictional narratives of the human capacities of machines on the other, more recently illustrated in the claim that the android “Erica” could serve as lead actor in a proposed movie (see Anthony Piccione), is the sort of topic our upcoming Social Robot Futures film series may explore. Stay tuned for more information on this public event, as well as for our proposed workshop, Disrupting AI.

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