IN SPIKE JONZE’S latest gift to the world, Her, he presents us with a protagonist who has feelings for his operating system, which happens to be powered by Artificial Intelligence. Of course, having the husky voice of Scarlett Johansson has a lot to do with it. But the point is, through movies like Her and Duncan Jones’ Moon, where an astronaut shares a lunar station with a robot voiced by the supremely versatile Kevin Spacey, the general population is being eased into the idea of symbiotic human-AI relationships.
Now, being an astronaut might not be possible for most of us and it is highly unlikely that Scarlett Johansson will talk to each one of us one on one. But, the idea of an AI making our life easier is not a notion that is hard to digest, especially if you think of their uses today, or say, how Google is heavily investing in AI/robotics companies.