Ex Machina

Montclair Film Montclair, NJ


Justin Hendrix

Executive Director of NYC Media Lab

Ex Machina— My friend the robot

NYC Media Lab's Justin Hendrix discusses how artificial intelligence and virtual reality developers build emotional relationships between humans and machines, and the ethical dilemmas posed by creating those bonds.

Montclair Film Montclair, NJ

Film Synopsis

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an Internet company, wins a contest that sends him to the private estate of Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), his firm's brilliant CEO. When he arrives, Caleb learns that he has been chosen to be the human component in a Turing test to determine the capabilities and consciousness of Ava (Alicia Vikander), a beautiful robot designed by Bateman. However, it soon becomes evident that Ava is far more self-aware and deceptive than either man imagined.