The sci-fi genre is beloved by many for all the right reasons. It is full to the brim with incredible movies that are a joy to witness, with the medium tackling everything from hopeful to dystopian takes on how the world would evolve if humanity and technology developed hand-in-hand to reach astounding levels of innovation. There’s always an allure to the fantastical and amazing takes that the sci-fi genre has in the realm of movies, especially when it comes to the concept of artificial intelligence.
Al is one of the hottest topics, with revolutions in this particular aspect of technology being both awe-inspiring and fear-inducing at the same time. Regardless of the issues that people may have with Al becoming a regular part of human life, there’s no denying that the sheer possibilities enabled by Al can make it quite impressive in its own right.
8 Minority Report
Minority Report features a machine that can almost accurately predict when a person is going to commit a crime, preventing any future tragedies from taking place. Of course, the movie doesn’t exactly show this machine in the most flattering light, but the potential of an accurate crime prediction machine is quite limitless.
After all, such a machine would obviously help law enforcement and any other relevant agencies nab criminals before their plans can even take root. The idea of such a machine existing is nothing more than a pipe dream at this point, but it still shows that a calculative machine without any human bias can be quite useful for a variety of situations.
7 Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 is one of the most endearing and fun animated films that anyone can check out, with Baymax being a favorite of many fans who saw this great movie. This movie deals with the concept of robots and artificial intelligence working hand-in-hand to ease the lives of humans, a concept that will repeat quite a bit on this list. Big Hero 6 uses this setting as a backdrop for the main plot and the various twists and turns it provides.
However, the idea of robots and AI working in harmony is proving to be a rather popular idea right now, and people can only wait and see how this marriage would serve humanity in the real world.
Her is one of the most unique sci-fi films around, asking a question that many people have wondered — if AI could replicate the thoughts and feelings of other people, then can a real human fall in love with what is essentially a line of code? Her explores this dynamic in a riveting fashion, with Joaquin Phoenix’s acting chops helping the movie execute its idea to a T.
It helps that Scarlett Johansson’s voice performance as Samantha really elevates the sense of romance between the two. The movie ends on a bittersweet note, showing a glimpse into a world that is closer than most people might think!
RoboCop is a classic and beloved sci-fi action film that is full to the brim with gore and bombastic action. The titular RoboCop was a police officer who is tortured and fatally shot by a couple of gangsters who tortured him for their own amusement.
However, not only is this body revived through the use of technology, but it also gains sentience with an AI that turns Alex Murphy into the legendary RoboCop, being able to think on its own and ensure its own survival while exterminating its enemies. Action aside, the idea of AI thinking in such a complex manner is pretty fascinating, and viewers can’t help but wonder how immortality and resurrection would work if a person’s psyche could be converted into a form of complex AI too!
4 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
It’s fitting that a list taking about AI would feature a movie called A.I. Artificial Intelligence. This amazing film takes the compelling concept of an AI that could love, being depicted in the form of a child to seem all the more endearing.
The film is both bleak and heartwarming at the same time, showing life on a version of Earth that has been ruined in the aftermath of severe climate change. The idea of AI being able to love is an oddly pure one, and people can only wait and see whether the development of technology reaches such levels in the first place.
3 The Star Trek Universe
It was only a matter of time before the more mainstream sci-fi movies would make the list. Star Trek is one of the most popular franchises around, with the series taking place in a time when humanity has mastered space travel and has already discovered several unique alien races around.
The major thing to focus on when it comes to AI is the various automated processes that have made space travel possible in the first place. It’s clear that humanity is expanding its prospects of space exploration with each and every experiment, and it’s only a matter of time before AI and technology make these ventures into space all the more seamless and enlightening.
2 The Star Wars Universe
Of course, it would be impossible to talk about epic sci-fi franchises without mentioning the masterpiece that is Star Wars. Most people would argue that this IP is easily one of the most popular sci-fi works of all time, with Star Wars content still being churned out to this day.
Everything from sentient androids to space travel is present in these epic sci-fi adventures that are a blast to witness. Robotics and AI still have a long way to go before reaching the level of Star Wars, but it’s the wondrous possibilities shown by this series that compelled so many people to expedite the development of technology in their own way.
1 The Marvel Cinematic Universe
It was only a matter of time before the MCU would make this list. The majority of movies in this series deal with sci-fi aspects in their own way, with the vast majority of them showing just how powerful and beneficial the proper application of AI could be.
Movies like Iron Man, Black Panther, and Spider-Man make it clear that artificial intelligence can reach unprecedented heights of efficiency if developed properly. Of course, this technology might not be so aesthetically pleasing in real life, but one can’t deny that AI has a huge potential to improve human life on all fronts!