Saturday, June 9, 2012

#Prometheus creates an iconic AI

Last night I went to see the new Ridley Scott movie Prometheus (don't worry there aren't any spoilers to follow). I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and one of its highlights, for me, was a robot called David. David is indistinguishable from a person; you may remember in the 1979 movie Alien there was character, called Ash, that the crew don't even know was a robot. There's also a robot called Bishop in the sequel Aliens, though it prefers the term "artificial person."
    David is brilliantly played by Michael Fassbender, who gives the character that slightly creepy perfection, mostly carried just by his tone of voice, that HAL had in 2001. We had a lot of questions after the movie (it's that sort of film) and I wondered why the name "David?" The robot in A.I. is called David as well. Is this a coincidence?
    Below is a short film made by Prometheus' creators providing some back story for David, which shows just how good Fassbender is in the role.