“Her” Evolution of machines

I recently watch “Her” with Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore and the voice talents of Scarlett Johansson as Samantha and it kind of inspired me to write an entry.

It was interesting to see the take on how society will be so dependent and engulfed by technology to  fill human voids of emotion.

The “O.S.” is an artificial intelligence operating system that simulates a human being in personality. Theodore feels as if he needs someone in his life in order to cope with his ongoing divorce, so he gets an “O.S” that calls herself Samantha.

The two (Theodore and Samantha) begin a relationship that is complicated to say the least. Samantha struggles with not being a physical human and Theodore belittles her knowledge of the human condition because she is an operating system.

It was interesting that Samantha evolved to see being human as a weakness because of the inevitability of expiration. She evolved to not only love, but love on a higher level than is humanly possible. When she and the other “O.S.’s” left, it was a bit vague as to why but I think this was to display the fact that their destination went beyond human knowledge.

What I am wondering is if the evolution of machines will inevitably become an evolution that surpasses human capabilities and will we therefore become the machines’ history? This may be a loaded question, but I think it is wise to see that Darwinism may come into play in the fact that our weaknesses may not be the same for machines and our biological downfall may make room for a new top of the food chain.

In this movie, our intense need to connect led to the creation of an operating system that evolved pass human comprehension and beyond its own programming. It left the humans behind still searching for emotional satisfaction in a sort of deprived stasis.

3 thoughts on ““Her” Evolution of machines”

  1. INTERSTELLAR SPOILER ALERT

    This is an interesting thought that I have been kind of tossing around in my mind as well. I just watched the movie Interstellar where one of the astronauts was given the name Dr. Mann. I’m sure this can be easily taken as a character given to us who is to represent the embodiment of mankind. Dr. Mann sends a signal to NASA telling them that his planet is safe to inhabit life so when given the opportunity in their mission the remaining astronauts land on his planet which is actually so cold that the clouds are composed of ice. Dr. Mann trieds to kill these two astronauts so that he can board their space ship and go home. So, a doctor who is to represent the etire being of mankind is projected here as attempting to destroy a mission that is intended to save the human race from extinction while Earth is soon to be destroyed.

    When it comes down to it, as this movie suggest, mankind will not prove capable of saving the entire human race because of our strong emotional capacity. So perhaps Her, is implementating exactly what is being suggested in this movie, being human emotions are the ruin of us.

  2. I find it interesting that you say mankind can’t save the entire human race, would it not be as simple putting into place long term projects now intended for completion in the future? e.g. terra-forming plans, ecological clean up projects, reserve genetics banks for future cloning, clean energy facilities etc.

    The above being said if salvation was not that easy how do you go about picking who to save? do you simply save elite citizens such as doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists etc. ensuring that those making it to the new world are the elite who are most equipped to rebuild civilization or do you perform some sort of lottery and run the risk up saving citizens that may not bring any useful skills to the new world

  3. I find it interesting that you say mankind can’t save the entire human race, would it not be as simple putting into place long term projects now intended for completion in the future? e.g. terra-forming plans, ecological clean up projects, reserve genetics banks for future cloning, clean energy facilities etc.

    The above being said if salvation was not that easy how do you go about picking who to save? do you simply save elite citizens such as doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists etc. ensuring that those making it to the new world are the elite who are most equipped to rebuild civilization or do you perform some sort of lottery and run the risk up saving citizens that may not bring any useful skills to the new world

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