War Games

Dir: John Badham

USA 1983, 1h 24mins

In this 80’s classic a young computer whiz kid accidentally finds a back-door into a top-secret super-computer, which has complete control over the U.S.A’s nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia and he innocently plays along - unknowingly starting the countdown to World War Three. Now the kid has to convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing.

A brilliant family film that rests the fate of the world on the ability of a super-computer to learn the parallels between the unwinnable game of Tic-Tac-Toe and the lose-lose scenarios of the Cold War.

Ghost in the Shell

Dir: Mamoru Oshii
Japan/UK 1995, 1hr 22mins

In the not too distant future, Tokyo's Section Nine security force hunts for a hacker known only as the Puppet Master. Leading the investigation is cyborg agent Major Motoko Kusanagi, far more powerful than her human appearance would suggest. And yet as the Puppet Master leaves a trail of victims robbed of their memories, Kusanagi ponders the very nature of her existence: is she purely an artificial construct, or is there more? Widely considered to be one of the best anime films of all time, Ghost in the Shell offers a disturbing, provocative vision of the future that feels increasingly prescient with each passing year.

War Games

Dir: John Badham 
USA 1983, 1h 24mins

In this 80’s classic a young computer whiz kid accidentally finds a back-door into a top-secret super-computer, which has complete control over the U.S.A’s nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia and he innocently plays along - unknowingly starting the countdown to World War Three. Now the kid has to convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing.

A brilliant family film that rests the fate of the world on the ability of a super-computer to learn the parallels between the unwinnable game of Tic-Tac-Toe and the lose-lose scenarios of the Cold War.

Ghost in the Shell

Dir: Mamoru Oshii
Japan/UK 1995, 1hr 22mins

In the not too distant future, Tokyo's Section Nine security force hunts for a hacker known only as the Puppet Master. Leading the investigation is cyborg agent Major Motoko Kusanagi, far more powerful than her human appearance would suggest. And yet as the Puppet Master leaves a trail of victims robbed of their memories, Kusanagi ponders the very nature of her existence: is she purely an artificial construct, or is there more? Widely considered to be one of the best anime films of all time, Ghost in the Shell offers a disturbing, provocative vision of the future that feels increasingly prescient with each passing year.

Alpha Go

Dir: Greg Kohs
UK 2017, 1hr 30mins

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined The DeepMind Challenge Match. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as a legendary Go master took on an unproven AI challenger for the first time in history.

“An excellent and surprisingly touching documentary about one of the great recent triumphs of artificial intelligence”– BBC