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January 26, 2011 11:11 AM   Subscribe

Could you help me find examples of Artificial Intelligence and/or the melding of body/computer in either films or video games?

I am looking for movies and games that depict artificial intelligence or this concept of an integration of the physical and the computer. This is for a video project I'm working on.

So far I have this list:

Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet
HAL from 2001
Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still
Replicants from Blade Runner
The Terminator
David from A.I.
The Borg from the Star Trek canon
Data from Star Trek:TNG
Ultrahouse in the Simpsons Episode “House of Whacks”
K.I.T.T. From Knight Rider
GLaDOS from Portal

can you help me think of a couple more?
posted by orville sash to Grab Bag (27 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
SHODAN from System Shock.
posted by Anatoly Pisarenko at 11:20 AM on January 26, 2011

Gerty from the movie "Moon"
posted by Rock Steady at 11:21 AM on January 26, 2011

The computer in WarGames?
posted by SuperSquirrel at 11:23 AM on January 26, 2011

Wikipedia's list of fictional artificial intelligences.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 11:28 AM on January 26, 2011


God, I can't believe I remember that film...
posted by Rewind at 11:28 AM on January 26, 2011

Jobe from The Lawnmower Man?
posted by xedrik at 11:35 AM on January 26, 2011

Ash and Bishop from the Alien movies.

Cyborgs from the Ghost in the Shell animated movies and series.

Pretty much everything in the Matrix movies.

io9's Cyborgs through the Ages gallery
posted by nanojath at 11:37 AM on January 26, 2011

Also from Wikipedia: cyborgs in fiction and list of fictional cyborgs.

My favourite: Darth Vader.
posted by anaelith at 11:38 AM on January 26, 2011

David Cronenberg's eXistenZ deals with manmade or artificial technology interfacing with the human body.
posted by illenion at 11:39 AM on January 26, 2011

Interacting with / doing the bidding of several AIs is a core element of The Marathon Trilogy of video games.
posted by JumpW at 12:04 PM on January 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

Planetfall and Stationfall are classic Infocom text adventure games with a couple of very moving AI characters (for maximum effect, play these without looking up any spoilers). Suspended is another title of theirs which involves six simple robots you have to control via mind-link -- it's sort of like being an AI.

Cavil from the Battlestar Galactica reboot is a good example, also: he's a bio-mechanical Cylon who looks like a human, but wants his people to be "the best machines the universe has ever seen".
posted by vorfeed at 12:25 PM on January 26, 2011

AM from I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, based on the short story of the same name.
posted by Wossname at 12:30 PM on January 26, 2011

Marvin, from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 12:46 PM on January 26, 2011


In this game, there is a character called Mr. House. He is a very elderly man, kept alive by machines and with his consciousness connected to and controlling a powerful computer and vast network. In one of the possible paths of the game, you can turn on Mr. House and replace him with an AI that you've befriended called Yes Man. Yes Man's personality and mind are uploaded into Mr. House's system and he takes it over, assuming full control, and leaving his old robot body.

Also, I realize you didn't ask for books, but Neuromancer by William Gibson is about this sort of topic. Does Johnny Mnemonic count? (movie based on a short story also by Gibson and taking place in the same univerise as Neuromancer) He is a courier who uploads data into his head for delivery.
posted by utsutsu at 12:53 PM on January 26, 2011

Proteus IV of Demon Seed an AI who decides that he needs to have a physical body and reproduce.
posted by jadepearl at 12:53 PM on January 26, 2011

Ghost in the Shell.
The Matrix
posted by empath at 1:14 PM on January 26, 2011

I, Robot
posted by dougrayrankin at 1:17 PM on January 26, 2011

Zoe from Caprica (the first Cylon ie Battlestar Galactica)
Edgar from Electric Dreams
posted by elendil71 at 1:28 PM on January 26, 2011

Bicentennial Man
(from amazon.com)

Williams plays Andrew, a robot programmed for domestic chores and sold to an upper-middle-class family, the Martins, in the year 2005. The family patriarch (Sam Neill) recognizes and encourages Andrew's uncommon characteristics, particularly his artistic streak, sensitivity to beauty, humor, and independence of spirit. In so doing, he sets Williams's tin man on a two-century journey to become more human than most human beings.
posted by madeinitaly at 2:43 PM on January 26, 2011

Rosie on "The Jetsons".
posted by trip and a half at 2:52 PM on January 26, 2011

Virtuosity, in which an artificial intelligence comprised from a database of serial killer personalities escapes from his virtual reality by taking control of an android and immediately turns an interesting premise into yet another cop chases bad guy movie. Stars Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in exactly the roles you'd imagine they would take.
posted by jamaro at 3:27 PM on January 26, 2011

Colossus, the United States defense super-computer which becomes self-aware and takes over the world, and Guardian, it's Soviet Union counterpart, from the 1970 film Colossus: The Forbin Project. This was more than a decade before Cameron conceived of the Skynet rip-off. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus:_The_Forbin_Project
posted by Jamesonian at 3:47 PM on January 26, 2011

Check out "Kabuki Quantum Fighter", an early Nintendo game. The plot is very similar to Tron in that the protagonist ends up transported or transformed inside a computer, and the narrative (such as it is) takes place within that digital world.

It had some pretty weird visuals, too. Might be interesting.
posted by voltairemodern at 9:36 PM on January 26, 2011

Battlestar Galactica (new one)
posted by hal_c_on at 6:44 AM on January 27, 2011

Kryten, Holly from Red Dwarf. Rimmer is a hologram of a digitally stored crew member's mind, so he might qualify as well.
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 12:49 PM on January 27, 2011

The main character in System Shock 2 (Referred to as Goggles)
posted by Fiat124 at 6:21 PM on January 27, 2011

The video game Deus Ex is centered around this idea. After unravelling a vast conspiracy, your goal becomes preventing the main villain from merging with a global AI, and one of the endings has you taking his place.
posted by archagon at 9:06 AM on January 29, 2011

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