AI Goes to the Movies: A History of Artificial Intelligence in Film

For nearly 100 years, the film industry has presented us with a number of onscreen representations of artificial intelligence. These AI characters vary from big to small, from good to evil, and from anthropomorphic to clearly robotic. You’re probably well-acquainted with beloved popular AI figures like R2-D2 and WALL-E, but are you familiar with the first robot protagonist or the first-ever instance of AI on the silver screen? For all you movie and tech buffs out there, here’s a look back at the cinematic inclusion of AI technology from the early days of film to present-day.

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