The Face of the Future

An Ethical Examination of Lucrecia Martel's AI

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Abby Sacks Master of Public Health Candidate, Virginia Medical School, USA

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Abstract

Lucrecia Martel is an accomplished film director and creative. Her 2019 short film AI blends fiction and reality, imagining what a humanoid artificial intelligence might look like in our world. But her use of a psychiatric patient with schizophrenia to portray her vision has problematic ramifications for the present, namely contributing to the existing stigmatization of people with mental illnesses. Art does not exist in a vacuum, and it is important to examine how a piece might be interpreted or misinterpreted and how it may affect people in their everyday lives. Though AI is an effective work of science fiction, I argue that is overshadowed by the negative unintentional impact it may cause for people with schizophrenia and mental illness at large.

Contributor Notes

Abby Sacks graduated from the University of Virginia in Spring 2022 double majoring in Psychology and Media Studies. She is currently an accelerated Master of Public Health candidate in the Virginia Medical School.

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