7 Episodes

At a moment when artificial intelligence is moving from the realm of science fiction into everyday life, we look back across fifty years of cinema history—from 1970s paranoia (DEMON SEED) to 1990s cyberpunk (GHOST IN THE SHELL, JOHNNY MNEMONIC*) and post-Y2K visions of our inescapably digital new millennium (A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, HER, AFTER YANG*)—to see how this brave new world has been envisioned, in all its wonder and dread. The uncanny concept of AI has inspired some of the most dazzlingly imaginative films ever made, stoking philosophical questions about the possibilities and perils of technology, the relationship between the mechanical and the biological, and the very essence of what makes us human.

*Available in the U.S. only

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  • Dark Star

    Episode 1

    Directed by John Carpenter • 1974 • United States
    Starring Brian Narelle, Dan O'Bannon, Cal Kuniholm

    John Carpenter made his feature debut with this gleefully gonzo science-fiction satire, which began life as a student film and went on to become a cult classic. Onboard the titular spaceship, a t...

  • Electric Dreams

    Episode 2

    Directed by Steve Barron • 1984 • United States, United Kingdom
    Starring Lenny Von Dohlen, Virginia Madsen, Maxwell Caulfield

    This awesomely ’80s comedy puts a sci-fi spin on the classic love-triangle premise with the tale of a man who finds himself in a romantic rivalry with his PC. Nerdy archi...

  • Teknolust

    Episode 3

    Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson • 2002 • United States
    Starring Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Davies, James Urbaniak

    Tilda Swinton plays four roles in Lynn Hershman Leeson’s feminist sci-fi brain-bender about Rosetta Stone and her three Self-Replicating Automatons, (SRAs), which she cloned from her own...

  • Life After BOB: The Chalice Study

    Episode 4

    Directed by Ian Cheng • 2021 • United States
    Starring Poonam Basu, Cherami Leigh, Dana Lee

    In this innovative anime created by artist Ian Cheng in the Unity game engine, neural engineer Dr. Wong installs an experimental AI named BOB (“Bag of Beliefs”) into the nervous system of his ten-year-old ...

  • All Is Full of Love

    Episode 5

    Directed by Chris Cunningham • 1999 • United Kingdom
    Starring Björk

    Two machine-manufactured automatons experience a moment of tenderness in the music video for the single from Björk’s album “Homogenic.”

  • Ennui ennui

    Episode 6

    Directed by Gabriel Abrantes • 2013 • France
    Starring Edith Scob, Laetitia Dosch, Omid Rawendah

    With a cast featuring Edith Scob and Esther Garrel, this delirious espionage farce resembles what might have happened if ZERO DARK THIRTY had been written by Georges Bataille.

  • Os humores artificiais

    Episode 7

    Directed by Gabriel Abrantes • 2016 • Portugal
    Starring Margarida Lucas, Amanda Rodarte, Gilda Nomacce

    Taking Wittgenstein’s assertion that the most profound problems can only be discussed in the form of jokes as a starting point, OS HUMORES ARTIFICIAIS (“The Artificial Humors”) combines old-Hol...