The technology that features in Spike Jonze's 'Her' could become a reality soon
According to futurist and Google engineer
According to the distinguished futurist and Google engineer Ray Kurzweil, the technology that is used in Spike Jonze's new film Her, which tells the story of a man who falls in love with his smart OS system - technically an improved version of Apple's Siri - will become a reality by 2029.
Kurzweil comments: "There are also methods to provide the tactile sense that goes along with a virtual body. These will soon be feasible, and will certainly be completely convincing by the time an AI of the level of Samantha is feasible."
He also states that the "brain" power of AI will never be greater than that of humans, so there is no need to worry about machines taking over the world: "It will not be us versus the machines (whether the machines are enemies or lovers), but rather, we will enhance our own capacity by merging with our intelligent creations. We are doing this already. Even though most of our computers - although not all - are not yet physically inside us, I consider that to be an arbitrary distinction."