A.I. question: "I am. I was."

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  1. Todd Beachler

    Todd Beachler Stunt Coordinator

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    I watched A.I. again last night and forgot about this line. What does Gigolo Joe mean by it? Does he mean that he is become more human like David?
     
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    I think he was proving his existence. He was saying that he did exist as a conscious being, irregardless of his artificially-constructed body...
     
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    It was a demonstration of self-awareness and conscious thought. He had become "human", sentient and was no longer a mere machine imitating human behavior.
     
  4. Seth Paxton

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    I agree with Tim. And he is also acknowledging his impending destruction now that he has been caught, not unlike saying "I lived. I die."

    To me, Joe's journey toward humanity is just as powerful and important as the David's.
     
  5. Rich Malloy

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    I think it's also meant to recall Descartes' Pensees, specifically "I think, therefore I am.

    [EDIT: from which he deduced his entire system of "dualism", the separation of Mind from Body, whereby the Mind is "god-like" or "soul-like" and the Body (and all physical systems) are merely mechanistic, merely vessels containing the pure spirit that is thought.]
     
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  7. Seth Paxton

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    I also agree with that Rich. It is certainly one of the statements that the dialog immediately calls to mind when you hear it.
     
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    At the end of the movie, were those aliens or highly advanced A.I. constructs. Had they actually evolved?
     
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