Introduction: Can’t Buy Me Love?: Market, Mass Production, and Investment in Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence | Intellect Skip to content
1981
Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2042-1869
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1877

Abstract

“Can’t Buy Me Love?: Market, Mass Production, and Investment in Steven Spielberg’s ” examines the film’s (2001) money plot. In so doing, it reveals how companies profit off robots like David (Haley Joel Osment). It goes on to revisit Spielberg’s source material, Brian Aldiss’s “Supertoys Last All Summer Long” (1969), which offers direct criticism of how we turn to short-term fixes, all the while neglecting long-term problems. I argue that Henry downplays his wife Monica’s discontent both in creating and in relying on a succession of AI stand-ins—Teddy, David, and now a serving-man—and, indeed, the couple abdicates their responsibility toward each other.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1386/fm_00218_7
2022-03-01
2024-05-29
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

References

  1. Aldiss, Brian.. “ Supertoys in Other Seasons. .” Supertoys Last All Summer Long and Other Stories of Future Time, St. Martin’s Press;, 2001, pp. 2335.
    [Google Scholar]
  2. Aldiss, Brian.. “ Supertoys Last All Summer Long. .” Supertoys Last All Summer Long and Other Stories of Future Time, St. Martin’s Press;, 2001, pp. 111.
    [Google Scholar]
  3. Aldiss, Brian.. “ Supertoys When Winter Comes. .” Supertoys Last All Summer Long and Other Stories of Future Time, St. Martin’s Press;, 2001, pp. 1222.
    [Google Scholar]
  4. Collodi, Carlo.. Pinocchio: The Tale of a Puppet, Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics-Alfred A. Knopf;, [1881] 2011.
    [Google Scholar]
  5. Spielberg, Steven., director. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Warner Bros., Dreamworks Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Parkes/MacDonald Image Nation, Stanley Kubrick Productions, and The Kennedy/Marshall Company;, 2001.
    [Google Scholar]
  6. Spielberg, Steven., director. Ready Player One. Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Access Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment (An Amblin Production), De Line Pictures (A De Line Pictures Production) (A Steven Spielberg Film), Farah Films & Management, and Reliance Entertainment;, 2018.
    [Google Scholar]
  7. Ue, Tom.. “ Ludus, World Building, and the Prescience of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. .” South Central Review, Special Issue: “What Is Your Favorite Novel?” vol. 38, nos. 2&3, 2021, pp. 14955.
    [Google Scholar]
http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1386/fm_00218_7
Loading
/content/journals/10.1386/fm_00218_7
Loading

Data & Media loading...

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a success
Invalid data
An error occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error