Looking back to “Ex Machina” and how would Machiavelli fit in?

What was missing for Ava to love? In my opinion, it was vulnerability. She did not have childhood, path of learning, growing and becoming independent. She had a curiosity, but not feelings of a real person that will grow from infant who is loved and dependent to a grown person who is still feeding those first feelings of connection to the world by taking care of others.

Toward the end, I was struck by inhumanity like a little child. I was just wandering how all of this could happen. It was intended, I get it. But it got me thinking how people could be like that? Are we really like that? Am I like that? Do I have these characteristics just a little bit? I don’t think of myself like in that way. I live in a very firm believe that I’m better. Am I? Are other people like that at least a bit? I felt really hurt by the thought that they just might. These people that I love and care about and with who I have interactions of any kind, are they in any small way like that? It was so painful to think about that.

The answer and the consolation is an imperfection in each and every one of us. That is what make us human. The robot was perfect. That was the mistake. That why ultimately it can’t be human. To be human is to be imperfect in an unique way. We all know we did not met two persons that are exactly the same. And if there were two exactly the same artificial intelligence, they would after just one unique interaction become different. This is very similar to the real humans. But, what would it take for them to love someone is a whole different problem. Maybe two AI could love each other because they could find similarities they could not find in anyone else (the way they were “raised” or something else) and I would like this ending better because it would be the proof of AI not just passing as real human but being something much more than really smart, sexy computer, actually being a human. Maybe. I’m not sure. There are so many open questions in my head right now. For example:

“If a computer could actually download and process all human behaviors, is this what it would learn? Screw over anyone?”

Is this this pessimistic thought or what? Or is it just that no matter how perfect is something, human soul is not to be downloaded and processed?

There is more to this. This is actually everything but something new. Bottom line is, Ava’s behavior is much like human. But in witch way? This is here Machiavelli comes forward. He did thought that it is the results that count, not good intentions. To think well is not enough to make the world better. This cruel, deceptive behavior is part of humans and it should be used to make the world better place.

But how to make peace between these two contradictions? I think I’m finally getting some answers about that. The best way I can put it is this: Ideally, person has to know clearly who it is, what it feels and what is important in a very personal, intimate level. This will, if job is well done, at the end be good. But there will be many ways to achieve goals and they will not appeal to everyone. That does not matter as long as this person knows what is her own being, her own truth. Real challenge is to find out what is bottom line in the most intimate level of your own being.

 

 

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  1. ceayr says:

    As I have not seen this film I had no idea who Ava was, so didn’t get your point of reference until I had read most of the post. Just saying, okay. If I can throw in my view on this subject, I believe we don’t love people in spite of their faults, we love because of them.

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    1. I suggest to see the film. It has many other references beside this that I’m talking about. It is very hard to explain live. That’s why it’s the greatest mystery 🙂

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  2. beetleypete says:

    I thought that Oscar Isaac was amazing in this film, even though it was not very original.
    Thanks for following my blog, which is much appreciated.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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