“Her” pt. 2

Why Would You Install a Person on Your Phone?

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?

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2 thoughts on ““Her” pt. 2

  1. Oh, I’m totally with you on what kind of AI I want, but the brilliance of “Her” is in showing how things are already going for many people. It’s become ordinary to think that FaceBook friends are the same thing as REAL friends. Modern over-technologized lifestyles have made people less capable of face-to-face relationships. Skyping on your phone is equal to sitting next to someone. When you forget how to love anything but your computer, you yearn for the computer to love you back, as impossible a relationship as that may be.
    Theodore’s world has lost the ability to fulfill the human need for being with others in person. He works in a job selling mass-produced fake intimacy! (“beautiful hand-written letters” that aren’t hand-written, and are made up by strangers for customers)
    It’s only after both Theodore and Amy have utterly failed in their fake relationships that they find each other, in a tentative, timid way, by default. Such a great movie.

    • Thanks for the comment, Mikey-

      I totally agree with you about how “Her” connects so well with modern life and modern love. That’s why it has inspired me- it feels so truthful that I have to keep mulling it over.

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