In Ex_Machina, Alicia Vikander plays Ava, the sentient android subject of a Turing Test, required to convince Domhnall Gleeson’s computer programmer Caleb that she possesses a fully functioning artificial intelligence. We thought we’d quickly test Alicia’s humanity using six of the questions Ava and Caleb exchange during the film…
1. When did you learn to speak?
What language? It’s interesting with language because now I probably speak more English than Swedish and I had a hard time doing my Swedish interviews. I’d forgotten some of the words of my native language. People say “do you think or do you dream in English or Swedish?” but being bilingual, you realize that thoughts are not language. You don’t think in words. If you go to pick up your phone you don’t think “I’m going to pick up my phone now.”
2. Where would you go now if you could go anywhere?
I would probably say my own bed. I’ve landed in London and been here for three days but I still haven’t been able to see my own flat yet!
3. Do you have a favourite colour?
4. What makes you nervous?
That people can see right through me. That I can’t hide things.
5. Are you a good person?
Oh! [laughs] Coming back to what I was nervous about, I guess I don’t want people to see who I really am.
6. What’s your earliest memory?
It’s so funny with memories trying to figure out if they’re real memories or just created in your own mind, but I have a memory of me walking across a big bridge, I think it’s Christmas, and I see this red man, a man that I’m very scared of, but I’m being told that he’s Santa Claus and he will come and visit us at our home.
Result: Pass. Although she’s such a great actor, we will never know for sure.