These Are Sci-Fi’s Most Memorable AI Icons

Good and evil, humanoid and completely alien, AI has dominated the imagination of sci-fi creators and fans. We can take a look at this legacy through the compendium of iconic artificial intelligence characters created by AIPRM. These characters represent 60 of the most famous AI characters in the realm of film, TV, comic books, and video games. Through this graphic we see a range of types of characters from the humanoid to the completely alien. Do you recognize your favorite AI character on the chart? Here are some of the most famous examples:

AI in Film

  • False Maria in Metropolis: At nearly a century old, False Maria is one of our earliest imaginings of AI. She was created by a mad scientist to replace his lost lover.
  • Hal 9000 in 2001: A Spacy Odyssey: Hal is the supercomputer with a soothing voice and a deep secret. Hal is the only one who knows the true purpose of the Discovery One mission.
  • Skynet in The Terminator: Skynet is one of the most famous cautionary tales in sci-fi. This supercomputer seeks to annihilate humanity after classifying it as a threat to its existence.
  • Ava in Ex Machina: Ava passes the Turing Test as a remarkably human-like robot that even inspires a character to fall for her.
  • Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron: Ultron looks so alien you might forget that he’s actually an AI created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, intended to be a peacekeeper.

AI in Television

  • KITT in Knight Rider: This car has a mind of its own!
  • Ash in Black Mirror: Ash is a tragic recreation of a dead man, created using his digital footprint.
  • Miss Minutes in Loki: She might look like a cartoon in a kid’s show but she’s actually a self-programming, mind-erasing AI.

AI in Comic Books

  • Mother Box in Fourth World: These minicomputers can make other machines sentient.
  • Lyla in Spider-Man 2099: Lyla is a helpful holographic assistant.
  • The Phalanx in Uncanny X-Men: This race of hive mind aliens can spread a techno-virus.

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