Ex Machina: Theology of the Robot Body

Posted March 24, 2019 11:22 pm by Patrick Malone

Ex Machina: Theology of the Robot Body

Upon first recognizing the allusions to the Book of Genesis in Alex Garland’s film Ex Machina, one might be inclined to roll one’s eyes. The idea that the genius programmer Nathan, in creating artificial intelligence, is like God creating humanity, is trite. The movie makes several other similar allusions, such as calling that artificial intelligence “Ava” (which is a variation of “Eve”), having her consciousness tested over seven days, and setting the story in the far reaches of an Edenic wilderness. All of this would be fairly on point were it not for the fact that the film contemplates the

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