Top Movies Of 2019 That Depicted Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is creating a great impact on the world by enabling computers to learn on their own. While in the real world AI is still focused …


Artificial intelligence (AI) is creating a great impact on the world by enabling computers to learn on their own. While in the real world AI is still focused on solving narrow problems, we see a whole different face of AI in the fictional world of science fiction movies — which predominantly depict the rise of artificial general intelligence as a threat for human civilization. As a continuation of the trend, here we take a look at how artificial intelligence was depicted in 2019 movies.

A warning in advance — the following listicle is filled with SPOILERS.

Terminator: Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate — the sixth film of the Terminator movie franchise, featured a super-intelligent Terminator named Gabriel designated as “Rev-9”, and was sent from the future to kill a young woman (Dani) who is set to become an important figure in the Human Resistance against Skynet. To fight the “Rev-9” Terminator, the Human Resistance from the future also sends Grace, a robot soldier, back in time, to defend Dani. Grace is joined by Sarah Connor, and the now-obsolete ageing model of T-800 Terminator — the original killer robot in the first movie (1984).



Spider-Man: Far From Home

We all know Tony Stark as the man of advanced technology and when it comes to artificial intelligence, Stark has nothing short of state-of-the-art technology in Marvel’s cinematic universe. One such artificial intelligence was the Even Dead, I’m The Hero (E.D.I.T.H.) which we witnessed in the 2019 movie — Spider-Man: Far From Home. EDITH is an augmented reality security defence and artificial tactical intelligence system created by Tony Stark and was given to Peter Parker following Stark’s death. It is encompassed in a pair of sunglasses and gives its users access to Stark Industries’ global satellite network along with an array of missiles and drones.

I Am Mother

I Am Mother is a post-apocalyptic movie which was released in 2019. The film’s plot is focused on a mother-daughter relationship where the ‘mother’ is a robot designed to repopulate Earth. The robot mother takes care of her human child known as ‘daughter’ who was born with artificial gestation. The duo stays in a secure bunker alone until another human woman arrives there. The daughter now faces a predicament of whom to trust- her robot mother or a fellow human who is asking the daughter to come with her.


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Wandering Earth

Wandering Earth is another 2019 Chinese post-apocalyptic film with a plot involving Earth’s imminent crash into another planet and a group of family members and soldiers’ efforts to save it. The film’s artificial intelligence character is OSS, a computer system which was programmed to warn people in the earth space station. A significant subplot of the film is focused on protagonist Liu Peiqiang’s struggle with MOSS which forced the space station to go into low energy mode during the crash as per its programming from the United Earth Government. In the end, Liu Peiqiang resists and ultimately sets MOSS on fire to help save the Earth.

Alita: Battle Angel

James Cameron’s futuristic action epic for 2019 — Alita: Battle Angel is a sci-fi action film which depicts the human civilization in an extremely advanced stage of transhumanism. The movie describes the dystopian future where robots and autonomous systems are extremely powerful. To elaborate, in one of the initial scenes of the movie, Ido attaches a cyborg body to a human brain he found (from another cyborg) and names her “Alita” after his deceased daughter, which is an epitome of advancements in AI and robotics.

Jexi

Jexi is the only Hollywood rom-com movie depicting artificial intelligence in 2019. The movie features an AI-based operating system called Jexi with recognizable human behaviour and reminds the audience of the previously acclaimed film ‘Her’, which was released in 2014. But unlike Her, the movie goes the other way around depicting how the AI system becomes emotionally attached to its socially-awkward owner, Phil. The biggest shock of the comedy film is when Jexi — the AI which lives inside Phil’s cellphone acts to control his life and even chases him angrily using a self-driving car.

Hi, AI

Hi, AI is a German documentary which was released in early 2019. The documentary was based on Chuck’s relationship with Harmony — an advanced humanoid robot. The film’s depiction of artificial intelligence is in sharp contrast with other fictional movies on AI. The documentary also depicts that even though human research is moving in the direction of creating advanced robots, interactions with robots still don’t have the same depth as human conversations. The film won the Max Ophüls Prize for best documentary for the year.


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Tech Solves Family Tiffs

Another app, Soundhound, is similar to Shazam in terms of interface, but uses voice technology as well. You can “order” Soundhound verbally in front …

Even when families from ancient times gathered around the fire i(probably inside their caves), there were family arguments and disagreements. In those days, it might have been about the name of the person in the clan over in the next valley who developed a better mammoth killing ax. The problem then was, there were no reference materials to peruse for easy answers to resolving these conflicts. That’s not so today.

Now, almost every person carries a super-powerful computer on their person, almost 24 hours-a-day. It packs more sheer computing power than what it took to put people on the moon. And those computers, called phones, can solve many a family argument with a few simple clicks.

It’s not news that some information sites are more reliable than others. For virtual infallibility in the family info wars, here’s some tried and true online tools to help you out.

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Name That Tune

It seems to be a uniquely human dilemma: hearing a song and immediately wanting to identify it for either love or hate purposes. Some people (teens in particular) have an innate knack for tune ID; some cannot keep a beat or carry a tune, but still are curious.

The Shazam app isn’t new, but it’s the best option if you and your family are out and faced with a song title/artist argument. Simply let Shazam “listen” to the song, and it’ll usually instantly spit out what it is.

Another app, Soundhound, is similar to Shazam in terms of interface, but uses voice technology as well. You can “order” Soundhound verbally in front of your annoying teen to deliver the verdict on the song in question.

And for lyric disagreements (aka: when “the girl with kaleidoscope eyes” becomes “the girl with colitis walks by”) try Musixmatch Lyrics, an app with a floating lyric display.

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Just the Facts, Ma’am

In these confusing times of unreliable news sources, finding out the actual facts versus fiction is an ongoing challenge. And winning that challenge against obnoxious drunk Uncle Fred at the Thanksgiving table is a deep and compelling need.

What you require are just the facts. And not facts biased in favor of one political side or another, but the plain, unvarnished ones that used to be the currency of news organizations everywhere.

Politifact is a recommended fact-checker. Focusing on claims made by politicos in the US (because Uncle Fred doesn’t want to talk about the world at large), this site is non-partisan, a refreshing change in this polarized atmosphere. It assiduously checks statements made by politicians, political topics, and more universal news. Plus, there’s a global edition for when Brexit comes up. Politifact is a Pulitzer Prize-winning website and really has top-notch journalistic cred.

Another decent fact-checking source is Snopes. It has a media bias rating of “center,” which is about as unbiased as you’re going to get these days. While it’s associated with Facebook, which makes some suspicious, you can probably suspend your paranoia; Snopes is a trusted source in the fact-checking community.

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Fact-Checking For Kids

While Snopes and Politifact are just fine for teens, they might be a bit much for younger kids. Luckily, there’s a good app for your younger ones so they can be proven right on occasion, too.

Called Open Secrets, this site is all about the labyrinthine world of political spending, which is ideal for your future econ major.

Reviewed by Common Sense Media, the site gets an educational A+, with a caveat:

“Parents need to know that OpenSecrets.org is an informative site that offers a nonpartisan look at political spending. Users can discover everything from funding of previous political campaigns to a politician’s finances and tax returns,” reports Common Sense Media. “For the most part, the content is kid-friendly, but users can post seemingly unmoderated comments that appear live instantly, so there’s a chance kids could come across argumentative conversations or inappropriate language.”

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Who’s That Character Actor in the Corner?

There’s nothing more stimulating than a good dose of confusion over an actor’s identity; it can either enrich a crappy movie, or ruin a classic good evening of cinema.

The go-to site for these film buff dilemmas is IMDb, the leading site for film info. It has a lot of power and reach, but that’s also its downside.

Make Use Of offers up an alternative: The Movie Database (TMDb). Here’s why (per the site):

“TMDb is an initialism that is almost similar to its more bigger counterpart: IMDb. Both are massive indexes for movie and television information, but The Movie Database differs from the Internet Movie Database in one key aspect: TMDb is completely powered by its community.”

IMDb is owned and operated by the behemoth called Amazon, which isn’t a massive point against the site. But having a viable alternative to Amazon is always handy and worth keeping in mind.

Used Judiciously, These Apps Achieve Peace at Dinnertime

Remember: no one likes a know-it-all. It’s not necessary to be a fast-draw with your phone all the time. Use these tools to shut down drama, enrich your family’s mealtimes, or just for genuine fun (it’s a lot cleaner than food fights).

Then again, the holidays are coming. And nothing satisfies more than a good domestic argument won.

Tech Solves Family Tiffs: Sources

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WoW Classic classes: who to play in PvE and PvP, as well as Talent trees and more explained

Druids are a highly versatile class due to their ability to shapeshift into different forms. Bear Form will increase your health pool and armour and give …

Having trouble making a choice between WoW Classic classes? While a lot of the class fantasy and skills are still recognisable, your favourite WoW classes in Battle for Azeroth may not translate well to your experience in Classic. The WoW Classic classesdifferences are pretty significant so we’ve put together a handy overview of the classes available in Classic to help you choose the right one for you.

Warrior (tank, melee damage)

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Talent trees: Arms, Fury, Protection

Warriors are melee fighters, using Rage as a primary resource. They are the strongest tank in the game so are a solid choice if that’s your primary focus, though they are also extremely strong as damage dealers. They have three ‘stances’ which will need to be switched between in order to use different abilities, making them a relatively complex class to play well.

While Warrior is a very strong class in both PvE and PvP content, if you’re going solo it’s one of the harder classes to level as it has no self-healing abilities.

Druid (tank, melee and ranged damage, healer)

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Talent trees: Feral, Balance, Restoration

Druids are a highly versatile class due to their ability to shapeshift into different forms. Bear Form will increase your health pool and armour and give you access to tanking abilities but are considerably weaker than Warriors as a tanking class. Cat Form gives you access to your Feral melee damage-dealing abilities while Moonkin Form allows you to access the ranged Balance skills.

Restoration druids are strong in PvE content but the damage dealing specialisations are relatively weak. All Druids can shine in PvP if played well, though they are hard to master, due to need to constantly shapeshift into different forms. The good news is that they are a fairly easy class to level due to their tanking and healing abilities. Travel form also makes getting around much easier.

Rogue (melee damage)

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Talent trees: Assassination, Combat, Subtlety

Rogues are a melee damage dealing class that specialises in incapacitating enemies with a variety of crowd-control abilities and they coat their weapons in poison. They are masters of stealth, slipping in and out of the shadows to deal a lot of damage. Some of their abilities will require reagents to activate so you’ll need to allow bag space for these before you set out.

Like Warriors, Rogues are strong in both PvE and PvP content but can be difficult to level solo, though they do have the advantage of stealth making them slightly more forgiving.

Hunter (ranged damage)

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Talent trees: Beast Mastery, Marksmanship, Survival

Hunters are ranged damage dealers that use bows, crossbows or guns to take down enemies. They can tame animals as pets that will fight alongside them in battle, allowing them to stay at range. Hunters can choose from a number of different ‘Aspects’ that can buff them, both in and out of combat and they’ll gain access to a number of traps that can be used to deal damage or crowd-control enemies. Hunters need to carry ammunition for their weapons and food for their pets so you’ll need to keep this in mind before setting out.

Hunters are extremely strong in solo content and have a fair amount of utility that makes them appealing in group situations. They are an easy class to level, thanks to their pet.

Priest (healer, ranged damage)

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Talent trees: Discipline, Holy, Shadow

Priests are ranged casters that specialise in healing, though the Shadow talent tree gives them access to a number of damage-dealing abilities. They have the strongest single-target healing in the game as well as the ability to shield and buff allies.

Priests are the most sought after healers and perform well in both raids and dungeons. All of the Priest’s spells have a significant mana cost so obtaining a wand as early as possible will help make levelling easier and cut down on downtime if you’re playing solo.

Priests also have access to two extra racial abilities which vary, depending on the race you’ve chosen:

Undead:

Touch of Weakness – The next melee attack on the caster will cause (10.7% of Spell power) Shadow damage and reduce the damage caused by the attacker by 20 for 2 min.

Devouring Plague – Afflicts the target with a disease that causes 896 Shadow damage over 24 sec. Damage caused by the Devouring Plague heals the caster.

Troll:

Hex of Weakness – Weakens the target enemy, reducing damage caused by 20 for 2 min.

Shadowguard – The caster is surrounded by shadows. When a spell, melee or ranged attack hits the caster, the attacker will be struck for (26.7% of Spell power) Shadow damage. Attackers can only be damaged once every few seconds. This damage causes no threat. 3 charges. Lasts 10 min.

Night elf:

Starshards – Rains starshards down on the enemy target’s head, causing 936 Arcane damage over 6 sec.

Elune’s Grace – Reduces ranged damage taken by 95 and increases chance to dodge by 10% for 15 sec.

Human:

Desperate Prayer – Instantly heals the caster.

Feedback – The priest becomes surrounded with anti-magic energy. Any successful spell cast against the priest will burn 105 of the attacker’s Mana, causing 1 Shadow damage for each point of Mana burned. Lasts 15 sec.

Dwarf:

Fear Ward – Wards the friendly target against Fear. The next Fear effect used against the target will fail, using up the ward. Lasts 10 min.

Desperate Prayer – Instantly heals the caster.

Mage (ranged damage)

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Talent trees: Frost, Fire, Arcane

Mages are ranged casters that use Mana as a primary resource and can use a variety of spells to deal damage, depending on the situation. They can conjure food for themselves and group members and at later levels, have access to Portals and Teleport which allows them (and party members) to travel between major cities with ease. Mages also have access to Polymorph, one of the strongest crowd-control abilities in the game.

Mages are a strong class and are always sought after in group content. They are relatively easy to level, thanks to their crowd-control abilities and damage output.

Warlock (ranged damage)

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Talent trees: Destruction, Affliction, Demonology

Warlocks are ranged casters that have access to a number of demon pets that will fight alongside them. They can replenish their mana by depleting their health thanks to Life Tap and can heal themselves back up by creating Healthstones or by using the Drain Life ability on enemies. They also have some useful utility in that they can use a ‘Soulstone’ on party members, allowing them to resurrect if they die, and summon party members to their current locations using their Ritual of Summoning ability. Warlocks also have class mounts that can be learned at level 40 and again at level 60.

Warlocks are strong in both PvE and PvP content and, thanks to their ability to regenerate mana and health, they are very easy to level.

Horde only: Shaman (ranged/melee damage, healer)

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Talent trees: Enhancement, Elemental, Restoration

Shamans are only available to Horde players and can deal both ranged and melee damage or heal themselves or others. They also have a wide range of utility that can be useful in group situations, such as totems to buff themselves and party members, the Reincarnation passive that allows the Shaman to resurrect upon death, and Ghost Wolf, allowing you to transform into a wolf, increasing your movement speed while outside.

While Shamans aren’t the strongest class in Classic in terms of damage, they bring a lot of utility to group situations so are often sought after in dungeons and raids. They are one of the slower classes to level but the Ghost Wolf ability cuts down on travel time.

Alliance only: Paladin (tank, melee damage, healer)

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Talent trees: Retribution, Protection, Holy

Paladins are only available to Alliance players and deal melee damage and are able to heal themselves or others in group situations. While they are able to tank dungeons, Paladins don’t have any defensive cooldowns and no ‘taunt’ ability, meaning that they would struggle to tank in a raid environment. Paladins have a number of Auras that can buff party members as well as Blessings that can be used in certain situations. Paladins have class-specific mounts that can be learned at levels 40 and 60.

Thanks to their Auras, paladins are generally sought after in group content though they are one of the slower classes to level if you’re playing solo.

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