Human After All

New Zealand company Soul Machines is on a mission to reverse engineer the brain and humanise Al interactions. And it's making very good progress. Jihee Junn explores the rise of - and potential uses for - its 'digital humans'.

In Spike Jonze's 2013 film Her, Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a lonely, impending divorcee whose job involves dictating other people's handwritten letters. But when Samantha, an artificially intelligent voice operating system, enters his life, Iheodore finds his emotional desolation offset by Samantha's remarkably lifelike personality. Pithy, humorous, empathetic and even embarrassed at limes, Samantha's springboard of emotions enthralls Theodore, who admits to her that "I don't feel like I can say [things] to anybody, but I feel like I can say [things] to you".

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Idealog, New Zealand| Posted on July 01, 2017

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