Previously: Her pt 1.
One of the other things that I’ve been puzzling over since watching “Her” is whether or not anyone should want a Human-type AI in the first place. It seems like everyone just goes with AI = Human, but there’s no reason to make that assumption. In “Her”, the AI’s human-ness was the root of a lot of unnecessary tension and strife. Throughout the film, there’s not really any sort of struggle between the characters that arises from the technological nature of the AI. All of the problems that the characters go through are basically because of the Human-ness of the AI characters (doubt, jealousy, fear, etc). There’s also a heavy dose of the standard movie robot “longing to be more human” in Scarlett Johannsen’s “what does it feel to love” type questioning; but do you know what I want? An AI that isn’t human, and isn’t trying to be human. If I ever get an AI that’s supposed to be a companion/assistant to my everyday life, I want it modeled on humanity’s best companion/assistant: a dog.
I don’t want my AI to have the personality and soul of a sexed up Scarlett Johannsen, I want it to have the soul of a retriever. Or maybe a shepherd. Something that likes to play fetch and do cool tricks.
What do you think? What kind of AI would you want?