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Avengers 2 features Marvel supervillain Ultron, while real world artificial intelligence Kirobo reaches for the stars

Artificial intelligence in Avengers 2

Artificial intelligence in Avengers 2

On August 29, 2013, Marvel announced that its supervillain for Avengers 2, Ultron, would be played by former brat-pack member James Spader. The actor has played some parts that require a sinister bent, so while some fans were surprised by the casting – and began speculating about what it implied for how the robotic artificial intelligence would look on the big screen – others were excited by the decision. Viewers only introduced to Marvel’s Avengers by Joss Whedon’s blockbusting The Avengers may not know Ultron’s prior history. And while murderous robots may be a staple of Hollywood, real world artificial intelligence is pushing new limits – including outer space, as Japan’s humanoid robot Kirobo makes his way to the International Space Station. Read more