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THE MOVIE
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

Osment and Law: mecha zone

STARS: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law,
Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards
WRITER / DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg

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THE COMMENTS:

DR. CYNTHIA BREAZEAL (robotics expert, MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab):
"If you talk to scientists and researchers today, many of them will tell you that they got into the field because of science fiction, because it captures your imagination. 2001: A Space Odyssey had this great character of HAL, which really became an icon for a lot of people. A.I. is the ultimate HAL. It's what we're trying to create."
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O'CONNOR:
"Doing the scene (where I leave David) in the forest was horrible. Because we had shot the whole movie in chronological order, we had built up a relationship, and I really did connect with him in terms of what it would be like to be a mother. It was terrible to watch Haley cry. I think abandoning a child is every woman's nightmare."
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OSMENT:
"It's a very basic story about the love between a mom and the son, but it's set on the backdrop of a world that's very complex. It's a world that can easily come out of what we are today, and the audience is going to leave the theatre thinking, 'How are we going to deal with this in the future, after we make robots too fast, too many and too good?'"
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DR. BREAZEAL:
"To my knowledge, I don't think Steven Spielberg consulted scientists or engineers as he was writing the script. I think he viewed the movie as a future fairy tale. He was not trying to be factual or accurate in how he was trying to predict the future. It didn't bother me, I saw it as a poetic metaphor."
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LAW:
"In a way, for me, the message of this piece is that we humans must be very careful about what we make. Because it will probably outlive us, organically. And therefore, what we make should be full of love. Because otherwise, what we leave, our legacy, will be anything but that."
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Text by Judy Sloane. All images © Warner Brothers / Dreamworks SKG.
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