When you decide to write a story set in the near future, or speculating about things that might happen, you’re running the risk of looking like a jackass. Nobody expects a science fiction story to predict the actual future—not if they know anything about science fiction, anyway. But given how slowly publishing can…
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?
Una de las escenas más memorables de la película Her es la del protagonista, Theodore Twombly, jugando en su salón a un videojuego de exploración con controles gestuales y por voz. La idea y diseño del juego es de David OReilly, artista y director residente en Los Ángeles, y funciona como metáfora de la búsqueda…
Alas, Aaron Eckhart is just too sexy to live his life in the shadows of the cannily named I, Frankenstein, and that's what leads him to get caught a war between gargoyles and demons. Plus Her, Zombinators and more, all in this week's home video releases!
Space thriller Gravity dominated the 86th Academy Awards with seven Oscars, including winning Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Score and Best Cinematography. See the full list of winners now.
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.
Had enough of Lego-fied movies? Too bad! The Lego Movie being the unmitigated success that it is, the folks at Yahoo! Movies decided to commission Graphic designer Old Red Jalopy to create a series of LEGO-themed movie posters for the 86th Academy Awards' Best Picture nominees. Not that we're complaining – they're…
Having finally seen Her, I'm surprised to find the distinct lack of chatter this film is generating among genre fans. This film takes an existential look at the (potential? inevitable?) singularity, and shows viewers the future of video gaming. Be warned, there be spoilers here (although not about the main plot).
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.
William Butler and Owen Pallett of Arcade Fire are getting a lot of attention for the melodious score they created for Spike Jonze's Her, and not just because it landed them an Oscar nomination, but simply because it's gosh-darn gorgeous. And now you can listen to the entire 13-song soundtrack here and now.
Ads for the computer love story Her are everywhere, and it makes me wonder about the ethics of sex robots. Would I ever have sex with one? Or would I find it ooky and gross — in a moral sense, but also aesthetically and erotically? Here's what I decided.
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.
Spike Jonze has built his career on unsettling journeys into the uncanny, from Being John Malkovich to Where The Wild Things Are. But his latest film, Her, is unsettling for a different reason — because it's so sweet and moving in depicting a romance between a human and a computer.
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 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, this scene made me gasp.
A wonderful new trailer for Spike Jonze's upcoming movie Her has arrived, detailing more of the blossoming romance between a Scarlett Johansson-voiced artificial intelligence and a lonely writer named Theodore. I'm not sure which is the scifi part, though: that a man could fall in love with his computer, or that an…