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When the movies pictured AI, they imagined the wrong disaster

By A.O. Scott

22 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Sydney is the AI bot that tried to break up an NYT journalist’s marriage. His colleague, A. O. Scott, reflects on how it confronts us with a different dystopia from that which we have dreaded so far.

(Critic’s Notebook)

Why are we so fascinated by stories about sentient robots, rapacious AI and the rise of thinking machines? Faced with that question, I did what any writer on deadline would do and asked ChatGPT.

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