What if, instead of being enslaved by AIs, we could date them?

Artificial intelligences — robots, cyborgs, humanoids, all that jazz — are often divided into two factions in sci-fi. They’re either humanity’s overlords, or they’re our servants, and whatever friction exists between us and them is caused by the discrepancies in those levels of authority. Imagining an engineered entity as an equal, full stop, is trickier, but the German sci-fi romance I’m Your Man handles the idea with thoughtful care.

In this well-paced, unexpectedly amusing film, German director and co-writer Maria Schrader considers the lure of romance, the demands of partnership, and the ethical question of what we owe creatures crafted specifically to meet our needs. (I’m Your Man would make a good double feature with Christian Petzold’s
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