The scenario played out in the Oscar-winning film ‘Her’ is becoming a distinct possibility as digital virtual assistant programs such as Cortana up the ante in the smartphone market
By Chris Horn
‘It’s not just an OS. It’s a consciousness.” This blithe tagline from Spike Jonze’s movie Her, released last December, sets the context for how the introverted Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his digital virtual assistant Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Samantha provides an empathetic cushion for a vulnerable man.
His new friend is compassionate; she strengthens and ultimately emotionally bonds with Theodore – and yet ‘she’ is just a software program running in a computer.
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