A Century of AI in Film

Artificial intelligence first appeared in cinema almost 100 years ago. Take a look at how it’s changed the world.

The early years: 1920s – 1960s

AI first found its way into cinemas nearly 100 years ago in the 1927 German expressionist film Metropolis. “Gort” from the 1951 film The Day The Earth Stood Still. In 1968, Stanley Kubrick introduced us to the HAL 9000 in the film 2001: A Space Oddysey.

The good and the evil bots of the 1970s

1977’s Star Wars and 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Darker classics of AI, like Westworld in 1973 and Alien in 1979.

The AI explosion of the 1980s

Superman III (1983), Wargames (1983), and episodes of Star Wars. And Blade Runner in 1982, 1984’s Terminator.

AI gets serious: the 1990s

The Matrix in 1999 and Ghost in the Shell in 1995.

The new millennium: CGI and homage

I Robot (2004), Transformers (2007), and of course 2008’s WALL-E . Matrix Reloaded (2003), Eagle Eye (2008), Iron Man (2008), and Moon (2009) 

Market saturation in the 2010s

Ex Machina (2014), 2013’s HerUpgrade(2018)


Who knows what the next 100 years of AI films might bring, but one thing is for certain; it will definitely be entertaining.