Reel Change | The radical, reassuring message of Her

January 16, 2014

Source: Reel Change — December 22, 2013 | Noah Gittell

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Key to any discussion about science-fiction movies, including Spike Jonze’s new film Her, is the concept of “singularity,” the predicted moment when human beings will create true artificial intelligence.

Writers like Vernon Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have predicted when this moment will occur (Vinge says 2030, while Kurzweil thinks it will be closer to 2045), but both agree that predicting the course of history after the singularity is impossible because the human mind cannot truly comprehend artificial intelligence.