Not that we want to fall in love with our iPads or something.
Watching Spike Jonze’s latest film, Her, is like falling into tomorrow today. The movie about a man who falls in love with his operating system beguiles the viewer with a unique take on near-future technology where it is both less intrusive and more instinctive than now.
And appropriately for a film espousing human-AI relationships, you find yourself yearning after some of the technologies on display as much as the main character, Theodore Twombly, does.
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Better-than-AI operating systems
Me: Siri, do you love me?
Siri: You’re looking for love in all the wrong places.
This is the state of human-AI interactions today, even with Apple’s cutting edge voice activation. Granted, maybe Siri is just not as keen on us as we are on it, but really it lacks the emotional intelligence to truly grapple with such an interaction.
In Her, it’s a different story. Samantha, the main character’s OS, ‘gets’ pop culture, boasts real-time image recognition to understand the world around her, and understands and responds to Theodore’s expressions and moods.
In fact, Samantha is even designed around Theodore’s personality: she is his perfect companion. Except that she is a little too smart for humans – if OS One (as the technology’s called in the film) does come to pass, don’t be surprised if your virtual lover grows bored of you.