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An OS You'll Love? AI Experts Weigh in on 'her'

theodp (442580) writes | about 7 months ago

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theodp (442580) writes "Weighing in for the WSJ on Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated, futuristic love story 'her' (parodies), Stephen Wolfram — whose Wolfram Alpha drives the AI-like component of Siri — thinks that an operating system like Samantha as depicted in the film isn't that far off. In 'her', OS Samantha and BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com employee Theodore Twombly have a relationship that appears to exhibit all the elements of a typical romance, despite the OS's lack of a physical body. They talk late into the night, relax on the beach and even double date with friends. Both Wolfram and Google director of research Peter Norvig (who hadn't yet seen the film) believe this type of emotional attachment isn't a big hurdle to clear. 'People are only too keen, I think, to anthropomorphize things around them," explained Wolfram. "Whether they're stuffed animals, Tamagotchi, things in videogames, whatever else." By the way, why no supporting actor nomination for Jonze's portrayal of foul-mouthed animated video game character Alien Child?"

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