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Science fiction films that focus on exploring futuristic concepts, technologies, and possibilities.

The best 5 science fiction films about AI

Marco Derksen, a digital strategist, teacher, and entrepreneur, curated 50 top science fiction films. We use it as a starting point for our top 5 list. These films provide insights into our future, sparking imagination and ethical debates. They serve as a mirror to our society, prompting contemplation on technology's impact.

Derksen's list, sourced from various references, delves into AI themes. Visit his 50-list for film descriptions, trailers, and IMDb links (Dutch). If you have recommendations or think a movie should be replaced, contact us below. Enjoy your cinematic journey!

Get some popcorn, sit back and relax! Well, not if you are watching a Christopher Nolan Movie. He is a director that truly believes in the intelligence of his audience. And, he makes movies that do really well at the box office, which is uplifting. Our first movie Inception (2010), explores dreams, reality, and consciousness, garnering acclaim with its intricate narrative and mind-bending concepts.

Next, is The Matrix (1999) by Lana and Lilly Wachowski delves into virtual reality, AI, and identity, becoming a sci-fi classic with its groundbreaking themes. 

“You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”

The whole concept of the blue pill & red pill, and the underlying dichotomy between blissful ignorance and painful truth, has become a cultural touchstone. 

Third on our list is WALL-E (2008) by Andrew Stanton. AI, ecology, and love intertwine in a heartwarming tale, highlighting environmental concerns and the power of emotion. WALL-E remains the only Pixar movie to talk about one of the biggest issues of our time — which is climate change — to the most important generation of our time. And they do it effectively.

The third movie on our list is Star Trek (1966) by Gene Roddenberry explores space exploration, AI, and humanity's potential, embodying the spirit of discovery and ethical dilemmas. And simply said, you can not have a sci-fi movie list, not include Star Trek and expect to Live Long and Prosper.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) directed by Stanley Kubrick is the last movie on our list. It delves into space exploration, AI, and evolution, challenging the boundaries of human understanding. And, of course we meet HAL, the most famous movie AGI of all time. 

"HAL: Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information."

This list of movies can be curated by your suggestions. Do you have a suggestion for an even better book from a techno optimist? Let us know with the contact form below and also let us know which book should be removed from the list.

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