10 Best Artificial Intelligence Movies Of The Last Decade

9. Prometheus (2012)

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“Sometimes to create, one must first destroy.”

Prometheus, the much-anticipated spin-off to the cherished Alien franchise, not only explores the origin of the terrifying Xenomorph, but also provides an imaginative reasoning for humanity’s own existence. David (Michael Fassbender) is a sentient being capable of emotion, which turns out to be, ironically, an undesirable error in his programming. Machines are supposed to serve, after all, and emotions tend to get in the way of that.

Fassbender’s character - which is an all around show-stealing performance - encapsulates the running theme of scientific creationism. He is a creation of humanity, who in turn are merely a creation themselves - engineered long ago by an advanced alien race referred to as, well, the engineers. Humans, just like David, are nothing more than a godless creation; a product of scientific advancement and curiosity. With this knowledge, David actually decides to continue the cycle, implementing a plan to create his own new life form (cough, Xenomorph alert, cough). Apparently all intelligent beings, sooner or later, strive to create intelligent life of their own.

Yup, we all just want to play God after all.

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