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…
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?
Not even those who worked on the Oscar-nominated film Her are sure exactly how near we are to the near-future depicted in the movie. "I think the idea of the near-future is that you can't predict the pace of technology," says graphic designer Geoff McFetridge, who designed the interfaces for the film.
So maybe you're not too keen on the idea of falling in love with a completely artificial computer personality. Who could blame you? That's pretty weird. Maybe instead, the future will be a place where you can learn to love yourself. Wait, actually scratch that; that's super weird too.
Relationships are hard. Especially when your partner inhabits a completely different realm of sentient existence that your frankly puny human mind could not be expected to fathom under any circumstance. The good news? You've got tech support.
Is Her a beautifully rendered near-future vision of what life will be like when we start falling in love with artificial intelligence? Not if you ask Siri. She doesn't like Her one bit, and she'll let you know that in no uncertain terms.
On my way to the theater, I asked Siri about the movie Her, and she got confused. "What kind of businesses are you looking for?" Siri replied in her always off-kilter robotic murmur. I barked back some line about Siri being stupid. She cracked some stupid joke. And my phone went back into my pocket.
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.
So though the premise of a man falling in love with the voice of his phone's operating system is a little ridiculous, Spike Jonze's movie Her actually looks wonderful and maybe even believable. But duh! Who wouldn't fall in love with Scarlett Johansson's voice? Just hearing the huskiness makes you imagine the…
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…