Her: “It’s Not You, It’s Me” In the Age of AI

Sometimes when our technology gets out of hand the result isn’t the violent demise of humankind, but that’s not to say that it might not result in something worse. There are those who saw Spike Jonze’s “Love in a digital age” fairy tale, Her, during it’s theatrical run and all they saw was weird high-waisted pants and disembodied phone-sex. I saw something very different. But then I’ve been working in technology since the early 80s, been an online student for over ten-years and spent the last six-years teaching fully online, so I know how powerful the human connection can be, even when it’s just a voice on the line. The film asks when are emotions and relationships real and who can really say, and why is it so hard to stay in a relationship while allowing each other to grow beyond what we were when the relationship started? What does it mean to be alive? And maybe the worse revelation is that we can’t blame anything, even our technology, for how our lives and relationships turn out. This isn’t a film for those looking for exploding computers or terminator-robots, but for those willing to let our technology help us explore ourselves and our lives.

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