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Ava, played by Alicia Vikander, (left), is endowed with human facial features, synthetic skin, wire mesh and robotic legs - an intriguing balance between beautiful female and advanced machine in Ex Machina, which is written and directed by Alex Garland, a novelist and screenwriter.

Artificial intelligence outing is a cut above

Jul 10, 2015 5:50 AM

THE philosophical debate pitting Man versus Machine gets an interesting treatment in Ex Machina, a spare, smart and provocative science fiction film about a programmer who comes face to face with the woman of his dreams - only she is a robot.

A machine's (in)ability to exhibit intelligent