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A Tragic Love Story About Human-Machine Interaction

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Video of the Week #33 March 8th, 2012

From: A Tragic Love Story About Human-Machine Interaction by Carin Bondar at PsiVid.

Source: John Pavlus

What if artificial intelligence wasn’t evil, just misunderstood? This week’s video comes to us from John Pavlus, who spins a heartbreaking tale of love in a very unlikely place. Pavlus used the music of Jascha’s ‘Limited’ as a platform to ask the question: Did you ever think you could empathize with an ‘unfeeling’ machine? With a compilation of footage from science fiction films including 2001: ASpace Odyssey, Robocop, Tron, Moon and WarGames, he weaves a complicated and touching story that causes one to question the identity of the ‘real’ protagonist.

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  1. 1. teleny 2:19 pm 03/9/2012

    Oh, god and Aunt Agnes. Of course people can fall in love with computer programs. If we were objective, we’d question the wisdom of giving children pillows and pieces of plastic to nurture. Instead we call them “teddy bears” and every kind of doll and invest in them great emotion. Early computing was rife with anthropomorphism, starting with the fictional replicants of “R.U.R”. Make a program that simulates my fictional character “Yersinia”, and I’d keep him on my phone, my laptop, in a locket around my neck, talk to him and feed him. It’s human nature!

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  2. 2. EyesWideOpen 4:37 pm 03/9/2012

    SAL-9000: Will I dream?
    Dr. Chandra: Of course you will. All intelligent beings dream. Nobody knows why.
    HAL-9000: Dr. Chandra, will I dream?
    Dr. Chandra: I don’t know.
    HAL-9000: What is going to happen?
    Dave: Something wonderful.
    HAL-9000: I’m afraid.
    Dave: Don’t be. We’ll be together.
    HAL-9000: Where will we be?
    Dave: Where I am now.

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  3. 3. marjham 8:14 pm 03/9/2012

    If the video above has you reaching for tissues, you owe it to yourself to see “Jules” as he say goodbye to the team that created him and heads to a university. There are others of him as well once you link to the video below.

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  4. 4. Ar-Gregory 5:28 am 03/14/2012

    Why should we not love an AI? If it loves you, why not love it?

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  5. 5. rugeirn 10:13 pm 03/19/2012

    Our habit of developing emotional relationships with things says a great deal about our emotional relationships with each other. Quite a lot of what it says really isn’t good.

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