Artificial Intelligence: The Terminator

  • James Cameron /
  • United States of America /
  • 1985 /
  • 107 mins

Arnold Schwarzernegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Winfield, Lance Henrikson, Rick Rossovich / Fiction / English

Can robots really have rational thought?

Year 2029 and mankind's victory against a deadly computer system called Skynet is down to the actions of one man: John Connor, the leader of the Human Resistance. In an attempt to quash the resistance, Skynet deploys an indestructible cyborg in human form, the Terminator, through time to kill Sarah Connor, before she can give birth to her son John. Using one of the most iconic uses of Artificial Intelligence in film as a starting point, EIFF and the Edinburgh School of Informatics explore in a lively discussion whether rational thought is mechanically possible.

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  • #1 Austin Tate / Wednesday 18 May, 2011 / 20:07 GMT

    Can humans really have rational thought?
  • #2 Austin Tate / Saturday 4 June, 2011 / 10:19 GMT

    My colleague Prof. Bob Fisher in the Robotics Group at the
    University of Edinburgh maintains our "AI in the Movies" collection
    and has provided some useful resources pages:
    Representations of Artificial Intelligence in Cinema
    Fisher, R.B. (2002) AI and Cinema - Does artificial insanity rule?
    PDF Format
  • #3 Sethu Vijayakumar / Saturday 11 June, 2011 / 17:30 GMT

    Some of the general interest articles, videos and podcasts on humanoid robots can be acessed at:

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