The spir­i­tual jour­ney of ai quan­tum up­grade has be­gun

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Let’s take a look at Spike Jonze’s 21st cen­tury love story Her, a utopian pas­toral about a po­et­i­cally melan­cholic man smit­ten with an em­pa­thetic op­er­at­ing sys­tem, con­sid­er­ing you’ve seen it al­ready. As the film opens, we first find our hero, Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix), a for­mer LA Weekly writer who now (iron­i­cally) works for a firm called beau­ti­ful­hand­writ­ten­let­ters. com. Tin­gling with lone­li­ness, Theodore pours his ro­man­tic self, drift­ing from a de­pres­sive haze, into th­ese letters he has been com­mis­sioned to write. Re­cently divorced, Theodore is un­af­fected by ma­te­rial com­fort but rather the neo-clas­sic iso­la­tion, that is un­til, Samantha en­ters his life by chance.

Her­alded as the world’s first A.i. op­er­at­ing sys­tem (aka OS1), Samantha is any­thing but or­di­nary. Warm, witty and sen­sual, she is em­pow­ered to or­ga­nize his life, play­ing the role of a per­fect woman, in a moth­erly and nur­tur­ing way and re­quir­ing noth­ing in re­turn (ironic, huh?). Soon be­ings a courtship that is in­evitably doomed from the start.

As the re­la­tion­ship grows, Samantha be­gins to longs for a phys­i­cal di­men­sion, and soon bur­rows deep in to the eter­nal dilemma known to mankind: the strug­gle to know one’s true self. She is just as real to Theodore as any­one else out­side the dig­i­tal world. To the out­side world, she’s just an op­er­at­ing sys­tem, who can op­er­ate si­mul­ta­ne­ously in many places at once. Lo and be­hold, she isn’t bound by a sense of monogamy – she is the op­er­at­ing sys­tem for 8,316 com­puter-users, and has fallen in love with 641 of them.

it’s a per­fect tale, and not just be­cause it takes cues from the clas­sic, boymeets-girl (boy-meets-op­er­at­ing sys­tem, in this case). Samantha frets about pro­found ex­is­ten­tial quan­daries, af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that she is a con­scious en­tity in some­one else’s world.

Her is a sub­tly pro­found work of art ex­plor­ing our re­la­tion­ship to tech­nol­ogy,

tak­ing notes from Siri, the voice of Ap­ple’s iphone. Con­sid­er­ing how A.i may gain and even de­velop su­pe­rior sen­tience, it raises the ques­tion whether the essence of be­ing hu­man can be boiled down to a sim­ple al­go­rithm?

Whether in flesh or in bi­nary, the spir­i­tual jour­ney of A.i. quan­tum up­grade has be­gun. And it sprinted at the first gun shot when we called Ap­ple’s Siri, bi­nary en­tity with ‘she’ in­stead of ‘it’. it be­gan with a sim­ple as­sign­ment of gen­der, which is in fact, the most es­sen­tial of so­cial cat­e­gory. Mi­crosoft’s Cor­tana, Ama­zon’s Alexa, Ap­ple’s Siri, all have the pre­req­ui­sites for so­cial gen­der as­sign­ment, and this is ex­actly why we call them ‘she’. in some cy­ber­netic dystopia, this could be the first step to­wards A.i. quan­tum up­grade.

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