A sneak peek of NLP technology in popular sci-fi movies


Natural language processing (NLP) is a machine learning technique that is built into practically every machine learning device. Voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, which we use regularly, employ NLP to interpret our orders. This technology is a type of artificial intelligence that allows machines to comprehend human speech.

As a result, it’s reasonable to say that NLP is everywhere, in smartphone apps, smart home gadgets, and even movies.

Here are some examples of how natural language processing was used in movies.

  1. Bladerunner: The main character in the classic sci-fi film Bladerunner is seen chatting to a video processor that zooms in and out in response to the character’s vocal instructions. This is a one-way communication system for natural language processing.
  2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: As a punishment, the Babel fish, the oldest creature in the cosmos, was given the “gift” of telepathy. However, as depicted in the film, they become so bored of others reading their minds that they invest in language to mask their true feelings. That is also an example of natural language processing.
  3. Star Trek: Do Star Trek fans not want everything shown in the film to come true? Natural language processing may be connected to the Universal Translator in the film. Practically all of my computer interactions were in the form of a command or a request
  4. Star Wars: C3PO, the robot with a machine translation system that can handle several languages, relies on linguistic technologies like NLP.
  5. Firefly: The show contains an encyclopedia-like gadget that reads out facts in one of the DVD editions. When it comes to the technology, that also ticks the NLP box.
  6. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers: Anyone who saw this 1950s science fiction film will recall an extra-terrestrial language being transmitted by a mechanical arm made out of rows of pens. It was amusing to watch at the time, but you can identify it today if you review it with some NLP understanding.
  7. Demolition Man: What would you say if you contacted the police department and the person who answered the phone asked whether you wanted to talk to a computer? Are you astounded? That’s NLO, which allows the computer to understand what you’re saying.
  8. Forbidden Planet: In this film, Robbie the Robot can understand and follow commands in English. How can a machine comprehend human communication and language? With the help of NLP.
  9. Short Circuit: Another film with talking robots. If you think about it, it’s already a reality, thanks to the use of NLP as one of the technologies.
  10. Red Dwarf: A popular TV program about a computer named “Holly” that can analyze several conversations and calculations at the same time. It also understands a variety of human and non-human languages. NLP’s capabilities are as follows.

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