Digital Culture: Fears, Hopes And Uncertainty About Artificial Intelligence In Sci-Fi Movies,

Favaro A.

in: New Approaches in Media and Communication, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Ayhan, Editor, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., Berlin, pp.61-79, 2019

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.
  • City: Berlin
  • Page Numbers: pp.61-79
  • Editors: Prof. Dr. Ahmet Ayhan, Editor


The developments in Artificial Intelligence promise a world where we’ll be accustomed to an ongoing relationship with machines, exempt from the boundaries of space and time. Advancements in AI are culminating in robots, computers and systems capable of understanding more languages, meanings and feelings, and acting in a human-like way. While these advancements are met with general enthusiasm, they also raise concerns. This paper discusses the representations of fears, hopes and uncertainty about the technological scenarios and digital culture in popular sci-fi movies. Starting from an overview of the latest advancements in AI research and industry, the paper focuses on films such as Her (Spike Jonze, 2013), Transcendence (Wally Pfister, 2014) and Ex-Machina (Alex Garland, 2014) produced in the recent years,  exploring possible futures of the man-machine/AI relationship, singling out some recurring elements that can describe the general sentiment about the coming future: questioning human beings’ capacity of self-determination; questioning the idea of the uniqueness of humans; and the replacement of humans in interpersonal and private relationships.