Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Robots Are Winning! by Daniel Mendelsohn | The New York Review of Books

Final paragraph from a long and thoughtful review; I recommend seeing Ex Machina before reading that part of the review

"Ex Machina, like Her and all their predecessors going back to 2001, is about machines that develop human qualities: emotions, sneakiness, a higher consciousness, the ability to love, and so forth. But by this point you have to wonder whether that’s a kind of narrative reaction formation—whether the real concern, one that’s been growing in the four decades since the advent of the personal computer, is that we are the ones who have undergone an evolutionary change, that in our lives and, more and more, in our art, we’re in danger of losing our humanity, of becoming indistinguishable from our gadgets."
The Robots Are Winning! by Daniel Mendelsohn | The New York Review of Books
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