If Nathan — the only human Ava has known — who
himself claims to be her father and creator, is not to be
trusted, how can she even understand what “trust”
means? Does Ava feel that she is Nathan’s daughter?
In Session 3, I see Flag #3 when Ava asks Caleb
about going on a date. Why didn’t Caleb ask her at this
point what a date would mean to her; what would she
expect from a date with a human?
Instead of asking Nathan about her sexuality, why
didn’t he ask her directly, “Ava can you have sex? Have
you ever had sex?”
Although it didn’t detract from the overall quality of
this classic movie, I did question the plausibility of why
Nathan — one of the earth’s top inventors who can hack
the world’s cell phones and is creating the most
important and advanced technology in the universe and
can build the most advanced AI humanoids — is using a
manual keycard to unlock doors! Why doesn’t he use a
biometric retinal scanner?
Or, if he’s too drunk to open his eyes, how about a
fingerprint scanner? I understand that the card works well
in the story line but still ...
Regardless of whether the topics in this
groundbreaking movie are sci-fi or soon-to-be reality, they
undoubtedly give roboticists some things to think about,
• The magnificent, innovative special effects design
of Ava and the possible impact she may have on future
humanoid designs. Design considerations should probably be based on market needs and not just the builder’s
ideas. In other words, who will be buying the
• What safeguards and protocols — if any
— should there be for the development of
sentient androids? Ex Machina — derived from
the Greek term Deus Ex Machina, “God from
the machine” — is aptly named due to Nathan’s
“God complex” and his egocentric and
unilateral building of Ava. Should there be
personality tests for humanoid creators?
In the real world of robotics, any
inventor/scientist would expose their prototype
to a variety of social interactions before the
ultimate Turing Test. No (sane) Human-Robot
Interaction (HRI) developer would keep his
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Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro and Geminoid, an android he built in his
likeness. (Credit: Geminoid™ HI-1 : ATR Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories.)
Valerie, a Domestic Android.