Essay on The Implications of Technology in the Movie Her

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About nine years ago I discovered a book called The Age of Spiritual Machines by a man named Ray Kurzweil that demanded my immediate interest. I was captivated by his view of the future of technology - astoundingly positive and bright compared to most peoples’ negative or dystopian outlook when it comes to the dangers of a society increasingly reliant on machines and technology. I recently had the privilege of watching Spike Jonze’s 2013 movie her. While focusing on the personal aspect of a man falling in love with an artificial intelligence in a near-future Los Angeles, I couldn’t help but be surprised and delighted when Ray Kurzweil’s theories and mindset came shining through the backdrop. This is a smart, moving love story at first …show more content…
About nine years ago I discovered a book called The Age of Spiritual Machines by a man named Ray Kurzweil that demanded my immediate interest. I was captivated by his view of the future of technology - astoundingly positive and bright compared to most peoples’ negative or dystopian outlook when it comes to the dangers of a society increasingly reliant on machines and technology. I recently had the privilege of watching Spike Jonze’s 2013 movie her. While focusing on the personal aspect of a man falling in love with an artificial intelligence in a near-future Los Angeles, I couldn’t help but be surprised and delighted when Ray Kurzweil’s theories and mindset came shining through the backdrop. This is a smart, moving love story at first glance, and a philosophical contemplation of the undeniable path technology has set upon when delved deeper into. I am going to attempt to parallel certain events and allusions in this movie with the theory of the Singularity that Ray Kurzweil has helped usher into popular culture in recent years. I remember first learning about Ray Kurzweil and being increasingly impressed with his prior accomplishments, and how factually based his epic predictions of the future of technology are. This man has worked in robotics since his youth, and is widely respected as an expert in the field. Since gaining popularity in his work and theories in the past decade, he now sits as head of robotics for Google. At first, certain parts of his vast,
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