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Spielberg readies AI, the movie.

Mark Gubrud writes "Steven Spielberg plans to release a new movie about Artificial Intelligence, AI as a summer blockbuster starting in June. The movie's official website gives a few clues to what the plot is about, but if there is an official synopsis, I did not find it. There are pointers to related sites which appear to be put-ups, allegedly the homepages of pro- and anti-AI groups, including an "anti-robot militia" which revels in homemade high-tech weaponry to be used in the destruction of "non-human sentients."

[Editor's note: Spielberg's movie is apparently the result of his taking over the project for a movie about AI which the late Stanley Kubrick (the director of 2001: A space odyssey) had been working on for some years.]

Mark adds "While researching about the AI movie, I came across the very useful website AI Topics from the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. There is a subpage on the movie, plus many links to other high-quality resources on artificial intelligence and related topics."

Read more for additional comments . . . Mark Gubrud writes "I'm hopeful that the movie will turn out to be an old-fashioned shoot-'em up, blow-'em up gutfest, sort of like the first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan extended for the whole fun-packed last hour out of a 90-minute movie, except that the victims would all be computers and robots, blasted apart in all kinds of creative ways. Stacked silicon wafers splintering out of the crainums of tuxedoed robo-waiters, pink hydraulic fluid shooting out of severed robot necks and splahing on the opulent post-long-boom furnishings. Think Battlebots, Spielberg style. But I'm a bit apprehensive, too. Wouldn't the man who gave us Close Encounters and E.T. be likely to spawn some cuddly-wuddly Artificial Intellect that only wanted to be understood? A bad sign: The official movie poster teases about an "11-year old boy" whose "love is real" although "he is not." I want the recipe for that hommade bazooka."

4 Responses to “Spielberg readies AI, the movie.”

  1. pshropshire Says:

    You can get a summary of those sites here:

    If you want a summary of those sites, then please visit

    Or you can just go straight to the guide at:

    The sites themselves constitute a very complicated story in their own right. I'm not sure if this is simply backgrounding or is related to the AI story itself. But I think that is an exciting and new kind of storytelling.

  2. The Living Fractal Says:

    To Mark G.

    Well, I can almost be certain it won't be an old fashioned shoot em up type. If it was I'm afraid everyone would make the point that this has already been done, twice. The Terminator series, while not exactly weighing in in the philosophical, ethical and scientific departments, certainly does the job in the action and violence department. No, I think this movie will be more like that other kind of movie, where everything goes really slow for a really long time except for that brief moment of fire in the beginning, then at the very end you get some good stuff. Oh well, I'll probably still go see it, afterall, it is Spielberg. TLF

  3. Mr_Farlops Says:

    What the movie is based on

    Searching around on the web, I discovered that the movie is supposedly based on the Brian Aldiss short story, "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long."

    The short story has a rather sad ending but I imagine Spielberg, focus groups and Hollywood will work to excise any British melancholy before the public sees it.

  4. PaulKrieger000 Says:

    The search for sentience

    Not really, just a foretelling of man trying to achieve something beyond his current powers. Trying to speak or rather make sense of the void of King Lear. Would it change our current situation if we made sentient life, conscious life only to enslave it?

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