Ethical Issues of the Movie, Her Essay

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ETHICAL ISSUES In the movie HER, Samantha is a fictional operating system. Sam, that’s her nickname, she organizes your emails and calendar for you, she proof reads your letters and she completes that book proposal you’ve always been meaning to finish. She really became a good companion for the lonely Theodore Thombly and supplies a romantic music composition for him. This is the idea that a super-intelligent bodiless computer would seek romance with a squishy glorified primate seems sort of odd. Would an AI really be able to make a deep emotional connection with a being who thinks millions of times more slowly than it does, and who lives such a radically different existence from its unbounded, silicon and fiber-optic universe? Think of it this way: Could you really fall in love with an Operating System? Artificial Intelligence (AI) is still a distant dream but the experts are already pondering its potential impact on humanity. Even AI far less sophisticated than Samantha's could engender some serious issues, says Kate Darling, an intellectual property researcher at MIT’s Media Lab who is also on the forefront of robo-ethics. One-sided love affairs are more likely, at first. A man of Twombly’s type might be enthralled by Siri 2.0 -- but she’ll only ever give polite quips and Google Search results in return. “We’re going to be able to fall in love with AI long before it is able to fall in love with us,” Darling says. Issue 1: How Close Are We To Artificial Intelligence? The movie "Her" is set in a safely near future. It was just hazy and weird enough to seem different, yet not outside a present-day viewer’s lifespan. And likewise, most predictions -- by experts and amateurs alike -- place the advent of truly self-aware artificial intelligence in the realm of “just around the corner,” according to Stuart Armstrong, an Oxford University philosopher who works

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