news culture This excellent sci-fi movie with Joaquin Phoenix celebrates its 10th anniversary, and he was right about AI… and about us
During his career, Spike Jonze has not directed many feature films. Countable on the fingers of one hand, they still managed to leave traces. This is the case of his last film (excluding the documentary) released in France in 2014, which tells the story of a sensitive character, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who falls in love… with an artificial intelligence.
- Love on the cell phone beach
- And now ?
- Better to be alone than accompanied by an AI
From Back to the Future 2 to Blade Runner, many ’80s films have depicted the 2010s with flying cars and androids.. Despite great advances in aeronautics and robotics, we have not achieved such technological advances. Even if the Aeroht eVTOL Flying Car had shown the end of its body at CES 2024, or the Optimus Gen 2 had made good progress in Tesla’s laboratories, hyper-fast flying cars and almost-human movie androids are still on the market. field of science fiction. The same goes for many other technologies that have made screenwriters from all walks of life dream, such as teleportation, the invisibility suit, the shrink ray, and even artificial/virtual paradise.
However, other advances that were once reserved for the realm of the imagination have become much more concrete. Obviously we are thinking about bionic limbs, holograms, exoskeletons and even virtual reality. So much so that at one point it is difficult to know if it was the writers/directors who were right or if it was the engineers/technicians who were inspired by the works that made them dream of launching into futuristic projects. The answer surely lies at a crossroads. In any case, there is a film, released on March 14, 2014 in France, that was right about our relationship with artificial intelligence: HER.. Certainly, Apple’s voice assistant Siri was already there in 2011, but Spike Jonze, director and screenwriter, understood that AI would become more than just an everyday tool.
Love on the cell phone beach
HER centers on the mustachioed nerd played by Theodore Twombly, played on screen by Joaquin Phoenix, who, after a painful romantic breakup, becomes trapped in depression. A person whose job it is to write letters cannot sign your divorce papers. His life becomes a big blank page as he begins a monotonous routine. Things begin to change when Theodore obtains the new OS1 operating system, equipped with cutting-edge artificial intelligence capable of learning in a fraction of a second and adapting to any situation. After a little calibration, “samantha”, an AI that communicates with the warm voice of Scarlett Johansson, enters the despondent nerd’s apartment. He then grabbed her into her pocket, taking possession of her smartphone and, finally, her heart.. The more time he spends with her, the more the machine man falls in love with her.
With HER, Spike Jonze signs a multifaceted work, at once science fiction romance, philosophical fable and anticipation film. Set in the near future without a date specified, the story focuses on an impossible love story, which usually makes you smile, as in A Bride Not Like the Others (2007, by Craig Gillespie) where a Ryan Gosling – also mustachioed – – succumbs to the charms of an inflatable doll. Except that beneath its veneer of light romantic comedy, accentuated by a pastel-colored image, HER offers a real reflection on our relationship with technology.. And more specifically on a specific point: AI dehumanizes us the more we let it into our lives. And yet we continue to let it become important everywhere, all the time.
And now ?
Previously described as a film of anticipation, although in 2014 smartphones were already part of our daily lives, SHE understood that voice assistants would evolve to become life companions, and that their ability to learn, hear, read, respond, would also serve to fill men’s loneliness.. In 2024, the Rabbit R1, a small, take-anywhere AI-powered box, promises to respond to complex requests that current assistants (Alexa, Google Home, Siri) are unable to handle by cross-referencing app data. The AI Pin, for its part, is a small device with which we should be able to communicate easily so that it answers all our questions, thanks to its integrated camera. This way I could identify a monument, a car model or the price of a video game in front of us. Flirting is not yet a theme in these boxes, but it won’t be long. : AI is already used to alleviate loneliness.
Recently, a new step was taken in the development of “AI brides”. Amouranth, the famous streamer, has joined forces with artificial intelligence specialists to offer AI Amouranth, a “assistant“talk allowing discussion”As in real life” with the young woman. All types of discussions are allowed, without risk of being banned or ending up in prison, while good students can receive photos or video clips of the influencer. She revealed in January 2024 that in less than 24 hours, this clone allowed her to generate more than $34,000 thanks to four monthly subscription plans ranging from “Friend plan” for $5.99 in “boyfriend plan”at $199.99. According Capital“Artificial intelligence could ultimately reshuffle the cards in the world of erotica and pornography.”. This is also, in a way, one of the points addressed in HER.
Better to be alone than accompanied by an AI
At your side, Character.ai offers the possibility of communicating with AI inspired by real and virtual personalities, from Elon Musk to Raiden Shogun from Genshin Impact. According The echoes, This generative AI would be especially used by the youngest and would allow them to overcome their isolation.. According to Professor Murali Doraiswamy, AI to combat loneliness, whether emotional or not, is an avenue to consider for the future. In an article published by herespecifies that with “appropriate ethical guidelines“Robots could help”to create a healthier society”.
The insolent success of the 100% virtual influencer Aritana López, the result of the work of a Spanish agency that would allow generating about 10,000 euros per monthIt shows in any case that our relationship with the virtual is evolving and that there are definitely many doors open for the machine. What HER teaches us, in its final minutes, is that despite the formidable ingenuity of artificial intelligence, it is only a crutch.. And at no time should it be perceived any other way.