HER: A few thoughts

This film is hard to put into words. I think the ideas this film presents are better off expressed through another person, whatever form it may be. Since humans are so complicated, we need to learn to expresses ourselves effectively in order to evolve more efficiently.
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Relationships are complex and confusing, but they are the essence of life nonetheless. We have the ability to thrive and grow together almost to the point of fusion, yet never seem to understand what we want out of them (relationships) – only that they are essential to human existence. Do we even really exist outside of ourselves without them?  We crumble and fall when we’re alone and rely on our relationships to bring us back up. Loneliness is the symptom of relationships but necessary in self grown and inner understanding. We wouldn’t know how to feel what loneliness is without their existence in our lives.
What is it to be human? Is it the acknowledgment of one persons existence to another or simply the act of breathing and feeling? It seems like our lives feel the emptiest when we don’t acknowledge ourselves for the misery we feel. We get depressed with the idea of depression rather than assessing why our life isn’t the way we want it to be – then accepting it and moving on. That is personal growth. It’s only once you recognize the faults in your own life, rather than dwell on them, that you can truly be happy. Technology is so distracting that it unconsciously removes us from the present moments we need to live in rather than the ideal of what we want life to be. Technology is a tool, yet a distraction from the things that are actually important in life – like raw emotions, family, friends, and the recognition of feeling and giving love. To truly love we must feel that love from both sides and it’s easy to get caught up in that feeling when you don’t have to deal with any of the consequences associated with it, which is exactly what went wrong with Theodore and Sam. Love isn’t simple and making it possible to understand with a machine seems contradictory to what we know as humans. If we cant make it work in real life, what makes it any more possible with a machine since we’re the ones programming them in the first place…
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This idea of the human and ‘artificial intelligence’ relationship is well demonstrated with the computer game Theodore always plays. A programmer had to make that and it only knows what it has been programmed to know. “Fuck you you fucking shithead” – a funny yet effective way to remind users that they may be in control but the machine has a mind of its own in relation to the creator.  The interactions the character has may feel human, but without guidance it’s still a computer stuck in itself.
Overall a great film that touched on some important philosophical ideas of human behaviour and evolution in relation to technology.  We are becoming more technologically dependant and may find the more humanistic qualities of life better suited to a machine since they are best suited to serve us, but at what point do we stop being humans and start being machines? At what point will it not matter whether we fall in love with a person or the perfect idea of a person? It gives no answers, only ideas of what we can expect.
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Children of the 90′s – Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer’s marketing demographic is pretty clear in this nostalgic ad that brings you back the final generation before everything went completely digital, a generation that would remember the great browser it used to be. It’s weird to think about the days when I didn’t have a cell phone, laptop, or high speed internet. It’s hard to remember how we even communicated back in high school, we used to have a reason for a phonebook. TV has hardly changed in my opinion, it has been the most consistent thing since the 90′s. The only thing that is different is that there is way more reality TV and the distinction between quality in content is much clearer.

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2012 in 4 minutes.

This video pretty much sums up 2012 as quick as it possibly can – missing a few obvious things like soccer championships, space sciences, LHC,  economy, sandy, and drones…but an overall sensory overload.

Travelling summed up.

Travelling changed my life and it has the ability to change your view of the world. If you don’t know who Henry Rollins is, google him. He used to be the singer of Black Flag back in the 80′s and he couldn’t have put it any nicer.

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