A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Question: They say David's mom is dead because 2000 years have passed. Does David not understand that humans can't live that long?

New this month Question: How did teddy the get extra hair? They left the room where David cut his mother's hair, and never returned. Second, how did teddy think to get the extra hair? They didn't know about DNA cloning until near the end of the film.

New this month Answer: This is answered in the film. After David cuts his mom's hair and the parents react, David is frightened and the hair falls to the floor right in front of Teddy. Teddy, who wants to help David, picks up the hair, knowing David wanted it.

Jason Hoffman

Question: What is the name of the female child Mecha that is inscribed on the boxes across from the boxes of Davids?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: Darlene.

Question: Why did Teddy growl in the helicopter when the trio arrived at Manhattan?

Bunch

Chosen answer: It was dangerous for Mecha to go there; he was afraid for David's safety.

David R Turner

Question: After accepting David as a son, Monica in a wedding dress wears perfume, and she and Henry in a tuxedo go out. Where did they go? They had a wedding?

Chosen answer: It's not a wedding dress, just a fancy dress. They're heading to a formal party.

Jason Hoffman

Question: Why did Professor Hobby, at the beginning of the movie, tell the Mecha to undress?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: To show how completely obedient the mecha are and that there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to them.

Tobin OReilly

Question: Why is it that on some of the notes David wrote for Monica, he said he hated Teddy, but on others he said he loved him?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: These letters made an appearance in the short-story, "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long," the story that the movie stems from. Both the movie David and literary David are struggling with the concept of reality. David realizes that Teddy is a 'robot', and thus perhaps less 'real' than living beings. David desperately wishes to be 'real' and Monica's 'real' son. Thus, despite his affections and attachments to Teddy, David sometimes distances himself from Teddy because his status as a 'robot' threatens David's own conceptions of his self. He 'hates' the parts of Teddy that are robotic, because he hates these in himself.

Question: What did Gigolo Joe mean when he said, "I am. I was."?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: He wants David to remember him, but he knows he is going to be destroyed, and so gets a bit poetical. "I am" as a message to David to remember Joe was a real person (kind of...) and "I was" because he knows they will never see each other again.

Twotall

Question: Joe finds Samantha Bevins killed on a bed in a hotel. He then sees a man who killed her. Going out of the hotel he puts a small knife to his operating license attached to the left side of his chest. He seems to try to break it off. Why?

Bunch

Chosen answer: His license is a tracking device. By removing it, he's preventing the authorities from easily tracking him.

Jason Hoffman

Question: This is a five part question: 1) What exactly were the future mechas doing at the end of the film? 2) Why were the mechas were only able to bring people back for a day? 3) How did the human race become extinct? 4) In what year is it set? 5) In what city is it set?

Socks1000

Chosen answer: 1) They are excavating. 2) It is as far as their technology will allow. 3) It is never stated 4) The movie is set in the 22nd century somewhere between 2100 and 2200. The end of the movie is set 2000 years later. 5) The final parts of the movie appear to be set in Manhattan.

MasterOfAll

Question: What is the significance of the seven word code used to activate David?

Chosen answer: I think the significance is that there is no significance. David's manufacturers programmed him with these specific words because they are indeed very random. The chance of someone speaking these exact words, in that exact order, for any reason other than the intended purpose would never happen. Therefore, there would be no "accidental" programming.

Christie Love

Answer: The seven word code was used to activate David's imprinting protocol which would make him recognize Monica as his mother.

Answer: Spielberg is Jewish, the seven word code relates to the Jewish legends of the Gollum, whereby reciting an enchantment can bring these dolls to life.

Question: How did they clone David's mother by using a hair sample? Hair doesn't contain DNA. Secondly, if they wanted to make David happy by bringing his mother back, why not recreate her in a simulation instead of creating a clone of her? Then David would be able to spend as much time with her as he wants.

Answer: This is a 2 part question and the second part may be speculation since the film doesn't really discuss why she couldn't be a simulation nor do I have a viable theory. Regarding DNA though. Cut hair can contain DNA. Without getting too much into it, it's not that hair inherently does not contain DNA, the formation of hair destroys cells, and thus nuclear DNA is destroyed. But nucleated corneocytes are intact cells that for some reason aren't damaged and they do contain DNA. The less available DNA there is in a sample, the more advanced and expensive techniques are required to extract it. With 2,000 years of technological advancements, it would be easy to extract the needed DNA.

Bishop73
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