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Representing the New AI in Film and Television

Graham Allen

The 21st-century has witnessed rapid advances in artificial intelligence, giving rise to a society at once hopeful but also mistrustful of the possibilities that this technology offers. Our hopes and anxieties have played out across a variety of media in recent times, but arguably nowhere more significantly than on our screens.

This book explores a phenomenon which it calls the new A.I. cinema and television, arguing that since the mid-2010s a distinctly new phase in the representation of A.I. has occurred. Discussing films such as Blade Runner 2049, Ex Machina and Ghost in the Shell alongside television series such as Westworld and Humans it argues that they have moved away from apocalyptic scenarios towards questions of personhood, consciousness, and social inclusion and exclusion. In doing so, it intervenes in some of today's most pressing debates, including gender representation, A.I. ethics, climate catastrophe, and the rights of artificially intelligent beings.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Feb 6th, 2025
  • Pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781350378018
  • Categories: Film - Genres - Science Fiction & FantasyTelevision - Genres - Science Fiction, Fantasy & HorrorFilm - History & Criticism

About the Author

Mandal, Anthony: -

Anthony Mandal is Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University.

Kidd, Jenny: - "Jenny Kidd is a Reader at Cardiff University, UK, researching across the fields of digital media, culture and the creative industries. She has a particular interest in digital cultural heritage, transmedia, self-representation and immersive storytelling, and has published widely on these themes in, for example, Museums in the New Mediascape (Ashgate 2014), Representation (Routledge 2015), and Critical Encounters with Immersive Storytelling (Routledge 2018). She has published in related journals including Information, Technology and People and Continuum, and on related themes in International Journal of Heritage Studies, The Journal of Curatorial Studies and Museum and Society. Jenny is Co-Director of the Digital Media and Society research group in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture, a committee member of the UK Digital Learning Network and in 2016 was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts. She has been an advisor for Welsh Government on digital culture in the curriculum (2018) and has worked closely with the creative sector since 2002 including with BBC Wales, Amguedfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Tate, yello brick, the Tower of London and Imperial War Museums. Jenny has led collaborative immersive media projects including With New Eyes I See (2013) and Traces-Olion (2016)."