HER Spike Jonze new science fiction romance film is set in Los Angeles sometime in the near future. The film focuses on a relationship between Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) and an artificially intelligent computer operating system called “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson). SEXBOTS 101 anyone?
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“What if you were to find the “perfect” love, one that didn’t judge you and likes all the things you do.
But what if this person isn’t an actual human but a piece of software?
This is what happens to Theodore (played by Joaquin Phoenix) a 30 something writer who receives a AI based operating system Calling herself Samantha (Voice acted by Scarlett Johansson)
for which he starts to develops romantic feelings.
Which in itself isn’t that weird since we all “Love” our tech over here, but what if the AI was to develop feelings for you to?
In this new Spike Jonze movie, we follow this unlikely “couple” to see where their new found love will lead. But what is Love?
According to some scientists who did research on the subject and still do, it’s still a bit fuzzy to say the least, so far we understand that we “want” certain equal traits/interests in a potential partner , as well as “eye candy” and the assurance of safety and support (for ourselves , our offspring and our future together.
However, what if most or all of these traits could be found in “someone” who wasn’t an actual human? Would this still mean we would be able to “fall in love”?
Since the AI (as far as I witnessed in the trailer) doesn’t judge, it is always there and always willing to offer support for your future together, wouldn’t this make a “perfect” partner? Or could it be considered a “healthy” relationship?
According to Elliot Aronson (2004) Reward theory of attraction, Attraction to another person occurs when the rewards outweigh the costs (paraphrased) the four main motivators are proximity, equality, honesty and physical attraction.
The first 3 are true in “Samantha” and the last one could be solved by robotics. If this were to happen to you, would you accept falling in love with a program?
Personally I can’t wait until the movie comes out. I’m very curious opinions concerning this.”
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