Category Archives: Movies

Speaking an Alien Language: Communication in Arrival

Louise Banks stands before the heptapod ship that will change her perception of the world.

Communication is messy. Words are imprecise. Meaning is layered, and comes in many shades. Humans are just fleshy pods forever trying to share the images in their minds, shadowy representations of the world that shape how we think, act and live.

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The Philosophy of Consciousness in Ex Machina

A close-up of Ava, an AI, as she stares with emotion into the distance.

A few months ago I watched a film about morality, humanity, genius… oh, and robots. Its name is Ex Machina. I knew as soon as it finished that it would stay with me for some time, and that it would be something I would contemplate in the back of my brain for a while to come.

I was right. This blog post is the result of that contemplation.

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