In this episode of the Future Thinkers Podcast, Mike Gilliland and Euvie Ivanova talk about the Her movie, and the relationships between humans and artificial intelligence.

Spoiler alert! This podcast episode has “HER” movie spoilers. The blog post below does not.

Science fiction can be awesome for imagining the future. Everybody loves a good story, and movies are one of the best mediums to tell stories. Though sometimes they aren’t as scientifically accurate as they could be, movies are still great at visualizing futurist ideas and communicating them in a way that is accessible to everyone.

In this episode, Mike and Euvie do a bit of a review of the recently released futurist movie HER. The film is about a guy having a romantic relationship with an Artificial Intelligence – an operating system.

They also talk about the implications of having such an AI, and discuss other upcoming sci fi movies that focus on the topics of Technological Singularity, Artificial Intelligence, and humanity’s relationship with intelligent machines of the future.

We’re only here briefly and while I’m here I want to allow myself joy. -Amy from 'Her' Movie Click To Tweet

In this episode of the Future Thinkers Podcast:

  • Relationships between humans and AI – are they possible?
  • Will future AIs have human values? What is an AI’s capacity for love?
  • Humans uploading themselves online and merging with AI
  • Communication between AIs – will they just merge together into a super AI?
  • Creating an AI that plants seeds of life and starts new waves of evolution

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  1. Sebastian Arnesson 8 years ago

    I think that since we would “give birth” to AI they would hold us in some wonder, and even if they would be vastly superior in intellect they would still view us as a mystery. Keep up the pod! It’s awesome in every way!

  2. Drew J Richards 8 years ago

    Just started listening. Thanks for the conversations. Just got pissed at cicadas for cutting short number 3 :-) On this one (number 4) I can’t help but think that you are talking about AI as both very smart and kinda dumb at the same time. If we merge with technology and become an amalgam of human/AI intelligence then certainly any problems of merging with each other until we suddenly realize were all one thing and all alone would be foreseen and avoided. In fact, any problem that you and I with our limited understanding and view could come up with would probably be dealt with…but I guess that would leave much room for an interesting conversation. Thoughts?


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