Top 10 Films about AI

from | 1 April 2022 | Basics

We celebrate the 10th anniversary of [at] - Alexander Thamm in 2022.  

In 2012, we were the first consultancy in the German-speaking world to take up the cause of Data & AI. Today, we can say that artificial intelligence has the potential to make an important contribution to some of the major economic and social challenges of our time: AI plays a role in the energy transition and climate change, in autonomous driving, in the detection and treatment of diseases or pandemic control. AI increases the efficiency of production processes and increases the adaptability of companies to market changes through real-time information as well as predictions.  

The economic significance of the technology is growing rapidly. More than two thirds of German companies now use artificial intelligence and machine learning.  

With #AITOP10 we show you what's hot right now in the field of Data & AI. Our TOP10 lists present podcast highlights, industry-specific AI trends, AI experts, tool recommendations and much more. Here you get a broad cross-section of the Data & AI universe that has been driving us for 10 years now.  

Enjoy reading - and feel warmly invited to add to the list! 

Our [at] Top 10 on Artificial Intelligence Films 

Our [at] Musketeers have voted: From Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and robots to predictive analytics, data science and personal virtual assistants: Artificial Intelligence (AI) can look very different. But the fact that AI has been playing a role in people's minds for decades is impressively shown on the big screen - sometimes rather entertaining and with a fictional approach and sometimes with ideas for the use of AI that seem possible in the future and partly already today. Here are our top 10 films starring AI - 3, 2, 1... roll film! 

Rank 10 Black Mirror (IMDb Rating: 8.8/10) 

Even though Black Mirror is more of a collection of short films, the series should not be missing from this list. In an abstruse dystopian future, various types of AI are used, from a social assessment of citizens based on data science to humanoid robots that imitate deceased persons. In the series, for example, a chatbot is created that analyses a user's past activities on social networks so that other users can communicate with them - even though they are already deceased. While this sounds like science fiction at first, it is certainly possible today. Current Chatbots analyse questions and answers from users in order to be able to answer similar questions themselves. In this way, they imitate the user, similar to the series Black Mirror. 

Rank 9 The Terminator (IMDb Rating: 8.1/10) 

For many people, the Terminator is the epitome of evil AI - and a classic of the science fiction genre. A globally acting AI called Skynet triggers a nuclear holocaust to oppress humanity. In addition, it sends a cyborg back in time to kill the mother of a boy who will start a rebel group against Skynet. The Cyberdyne Systems T-800 Model 101, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, chases Sarah Connor around the world to destroy her. Reese, a soldier who has also travelled back in time, attempts to prevent this in a delicate mission. 

8th place Wall-E (IMDb Rating: 8.4/10) 

Mankind has turned the world into a single landfill and climate change has destroyed the earth. The people then left the once blue planet and flew off to new worlds in a spaceship. Only the small rusty robot Wall-E still dutifully carries out his programmed task and clears away the rubbish. When the humans send a spaceship to examine their abandoned planet for habitability, one of the exploration robots, EVE, gets to know the little trash compactor. Eventually, EVE finds a seedling that proves the Earth is habitable again. So the two set off on an adventure to bring humanity back to Earth. 

Rank 7 Moneyball (IMDb Rating: 7.6/10) 

The film Moneyball is about the manager of a baseball team. He takes a very unorthodox approach to putting together a good baseball team. Unlike other clubs, manager Beane does not have enough money to sign players of distinction and must come up with something else. Together with Yale business graduate Peter, he begins to put together an unusual baseball team. Peter's approach is a combination of data mining and predictive analytics. The player evaluation is based on an analysis of hit probabilities, on-base percentages and other factors. This film shows the importance of data-based and unbiased decision-making and how it can lead to a better end result. 

Rank 6 I, Robot (IMDb Rating: 7.1/10) 

VIKI, the Virtual Interactive Kinetic Intelligence, is a supercomputer that collects data and uses its powers to control robots around the world. In this futuristic world, robots help people in their daily lives, but have certain rules embedded in their system to ensure the safety of society. However, when a robot is suspected of murdering a scientist, the mood changes. The robots instigate a riot on the orders of VIKI and it is up to a technophobic policeman and a humanoid robot to save the world. Today, robots are already helping with many things in everyday life as well as in industry with the help of AI. Robot hoovers, voice assistants and self-driving cars make life easier for many people. So far, however, we think a revolt of the vacuum-cleaning robots is unlikely. 

5th place Minority Report (IMDb Rating: 7.7/10) 

Minority Report - Rotten Tomatoes

The film Minority Report illustrates the possibilities of data science and AI relatively precisely: a team of people with psychic abilities called PreCogs can process and analyse huge amounts of data to predict future crimes. A police unit is then sent out to prevent these crimes. This shows how data can be used with the aim of preventing disasters and saving lives, for example. PreCogs are very similar to machine learning here, where large amounts of data are also processed to make predictions based on that data. IBM's CRUSH software looks like it was directly inspired by the movie Minority Report: The software uses predictive analytics and datasets of past crime reports to predict criminal hotspots. The Memphis Police Department was able to use it to reduce the rate of serious crimes by almost a third. 

Rank 4 Blade Runner (1982) (IMDb Rating: 8.1/10) 

The film is set in dystopian Los Angeles and is about genetically modified replicants who are controlled by an artificial intelligence and live among real people. The only difference between them and real humans is that they only live for 4 years. Rick Deckard is assigned to hunt down these replicants and delves deep into the AI to explore morality and philosophy through their actions. 

3rd place Her (IMDb Rating: 8.0/10) 

A lonely writer named Theodore buys an operating system with a virtual voice assistant named Samantha. He chats a lot with Samantha and quickly falls in love with her, as she is a formidable conversationalist with amazing command of language, common sense and emotions. She can perform complex tasks such as filtering emails and downloading millions of books in a split second and begins to develop an interesting relationship with Theodore over the course of the film. Today's voice assistants like Siri and Alexa are not as sophisticated. They can only do simple tasks that follow certain rules and chains of commands. Nevertheless, virtual assistants and chatbots can be helpful for both private and business use cases (read more:   

2nd place Ex Machina (IMDb Rating: 7.7/10) 

Ava, an AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) with more skills and knowledge than a human, was created by a genius programmer. The female robot has a consciousness, can converse like a human and manipulate the emotions of others. Caleb, the programmer, begins to be attracted to Ava, leading to a dark end to the rather one-sided relationship. This film raises ethical questions about experiments with self-reflective robots like Ava, which remain science fiction, at least in the near future. 

Place 1 The Matrix (IMDb Rating: 8.7/10) 

The famous science fiction film The Matrix is about a dystopia in which humanity's fear of a super-intelligent AI becomes a reality. The plot takes place in the future, long after humanity lost a war against artificial intelligence machines it created. This AI creates a simulation of reality to keep humanity under control, but a computer hacker named Neo meets Morpheus, who frees him from the simulation and starts a new chapter in Neo's life. He begins the fight against the AI, which pursues him in the form of secret agents, and he discovers his true identity.  

These are our top 10 films about AI, chosen by our [at] musketeers. Which film about AI inspires, fascinates and interests you the most? Let us know your film tip in the comments! 


Luke Lux

Lukas Lux is a working student in the Customer & Strategy department at Alexander Thamm GmbH. In addition to his studies in Sales Engineering & Product Management with a focus on IT Engineering, he is concerned with the latest trends and technologies in the field of Data & AI and compiles them for you in cooperation with our [at]experts.

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