Be aware that there is much drummed-up fodder about the AI, with a goal to create steady and positive acceptance of the AI research. There is this unilateral force of opinion that the AI is a logical continuation of our development as a species, with all sorts of utopian idealism about how the AI would make our lives easier and streamlined. Everything can be replaced with an algorithm. Nothing is mystical, wondered at, and sacred anymore; everything can be calculated and replicated, over and over again; improved, personalized, accessible anytime you desire. No more longing, working to achieve, failing to achieve. I say force of opinion, as the recent scientific and rational radicalism is presenting itself as the only solution - a perfection, without the burdens of spiritual ways. A ghost in the machine as the allegory... the idea that sufficiently powerful computational machine is spontaneously capable of emerging as a sentient being. However, there is really no proof. It is an idea perpetuated to the level of a dogma. No one really knows. The singularity is a theoretical construct. In the most positive light I can see this as not understanding what a spirit is, what is it that makes us human. It has achieved a level of political propaganda. It needs to in order not to delay and revise the aspirations that lead to the want of creating the AI in the first place. The true "why" lies somewhere else. If it's going to make our lives easier and better and whatnot will be a mere byproduct. The primary "why" is to have power and supremacy.
I say propaganda, because it's really just a play of words. Your feelings are "mere" electrical signals interpreted by your brains? Well of course, there must be some medium, but that doesn't mean that we are just a bunch of biological wires. Love is "just" high brain activity? Of course it is, if you look at it from only a point of being able to measure things with lab oscillators. But measuring is not understanding. Defining reality with such an approach is seeing with tinted glasses. What else is there? Well, because I don't understand, I can only say what I know. Brains are computers, so strong that they are now sentient. Just like that. Well, that's quite an unilateral idea, devoid of any other possibilities.
Let me take one strong example from 2049 to prove one of my points: A scene where K meets the huge holographic ad for Joi. It is one of the definite examples of the practical use of the AI (among strong, subdued and efficient killing machines). It's basically a billboard, sensing your presence, evaluating your emotions and aspirations in order to access your very personal space. "She" is nude, beautifully rendered, speaks to you in a soothing voice, saying things in a manner your closest friend or lover might, with a tagline "I can be whoever you want". It's an advertiser's wet dream. This is the reality.
2049 was a horror film for me, as I said before. It depicts that world where everything is replaced with algorithms and computers. You can fall in love with a hologram and don't need genuine biological partner, because you are nothing more than a set of wires. To fall in love you only need a beautiful face, puppy eyes and attention (audition) of your particular way of life. Horrible.
Curious, are you really big on Jean Baudrillard?