What's the Worst Thing About Virtual Assistants?

There’s a rumor that Apple will be redesigning Siri to better resemble its colorful Watch version. Cool. But with Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana getting a lot of development attention on their platforms, including a male version of Cortana, Siri probably needs more than just an interface overhaul. In fact, there’s… »5/06/15 6:15pm5/06/15 6:15pm


From Metropolis To Ex Machina: Why Are So Many Robots Female?

The new movie Ex Machina has been pushing people’s buttons. It features a seemingly vulnerable robot named Ava, who’s as beautiful as she is mysterious. But Ava’s just the latest in a long line of artificial seductresses, girlfriends and mothers. Why are so many thinking machines female? »4/21/15 4:25pm4/21/15 4:25pm

Tall Is Good: How a Lack of Building Up Is Keeping Our Cities Down

Early in Spike Jonze's new film Her, Joaquin Phoenix's character gazes out his Los Angeles window. As the camera pans, we see not a squat, sprawling metropolis, but a golden-lit landscape of skyscrapers stretching all the way to the horizon. When I saw the film last Friday night, this scene made me gasp. »12/11/13 12:00pm12/11/13 12:00pm

Spike Jonze's Her Trailer: What Happens If You Fall In Love With Siri?

Here's the first trailer for Spike Jonze's newest project, Her. It's your typical romance, where a meek guy you can't help feeling bad for (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with the cryptic Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), who mysteriously shows up and makes him teach her, and himself, how to enjoy life. But Samantha is… »8/07/13 2:04pm8/07/13 2:04pm