I watched a great film yesterday entitled Her – see here and want to register my thoughts about it.
The film is about a man lonely after his marriage breakup and how – in this future world were computer operating systems have acquired artificial and emotional intelligence – he falls in love with it but that the OS outgrows both him and humankind and disengages with them to follow their own path with their own kind.
The film stuck chords with me on many levels:
- The pace of the film was slow and measured compared to many modern films, yet it wasn’t ponderous.
- The theme of not being able to sustain a relationship when the two parties are so different featured but little was made of the prejudice that often accompanies such situations.
- The wholly illusive power of digital – its present one minute and can be gone in a second.
I wonder whether I would prefer to be an AI operating system so that all those mundane and laborious physical aspects of my life were banished from my experience, or whether it is those very features that are key to me being me. Would I be someone else? Yes. But would I be happy…?