The subject of artificial intelligence is nothing new in the world of science fiction, and in Neill Blomkamp’s film ‘Chappie,’ the very question of what it means to be human is examined. In these two featurettes, director Neill Blomkamp and cast members Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley and Hugh Jackman talk about what they think is the essence of humanity and consciousness and when would a sentient being be considered human.
In the movie, robotic droids called Scouts have become the main defense against crime. When one of the Scouts becomes too damaged to continue, company programmer, Deon, thinks it will be perfect to test out his artificial intelligence program. Unfortunately, the Scout (who has been given the name Chappie) gets stolen (or would it be kidnapped?) and begins the path of learning how to think for itself with some unlikely “parents.” We watch as Chappie begins to become self-aware and in true Blomkamp fashion, the movie goers begin to see the dictomy, irony and social commentary of humanity and the concept of AI.
Here’s a synopsis for the film:
In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.
After watching the featurettes below, let us know what your thoughts are about artificial intelligence.