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Will we ever have love affairs with video game characters?

In Spike Jonze’s new movie Her, Joaquin Phoenix is an introverted writer on the verge of divorce who falls in love with his computer’s intelligent operating system. Exactly how far-fetched or credible you think that is probably depends on how invested you are in technology. It was after all, inspired by the real-life web application Cleverbot, which lets visitors engage in conversations with an AI program; and in a lot of ways the movie is a study of our growing reliance on devices as mediators in our social lives and love affairs. From Siri to Tinder, our smartphones and tablets are simultaneously humansing themselves while mechanising our relationships with other humans. How long before we fall for the devices themselves?

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Malphite880d ago (Edited 880d ago )

I really hope we will. However I think we're at least 20 years away from such a technology. The only thing I fear is that people will spend more time in virtual reality than in real life up to the point where VR becomes our reality and we lose touch with real life.

DarkBlood880d ago

with how resources are being used VR or matrix would seem like a godsend but hey stuff like that would help pass the time mentally in a happy/sad kind of way

AgentSmithPS4880d ago

Wow that's long. That's what she-AI said.

Hopefully this will lead to lower birth rates which will cut down on this awful traffic in my area. Maybe good artificial relationships will help people make better decisions before making bad choices in real ones. In a way people are born as "addicts" to each other, and just like drug addiction "love addiction" can have many bad consequences.

For years in the "Battlefield" series of games those few using a mic called out for teamwork and most of the time were met with a chilling silence. I wonder if this will get better or worse when people get used to having nice interactions with smart NPCs, or maybe they'll get worse since the AI will mirror their flaws and enable them to remain the a-hole that they are? ;).

Who knows if this will eventually lead to humans becoming mice-like hooked up to a pleasure button wired to their brain pressing it until they die, or if these characters will be like guides leading us to a better future.

medman880d ago

I already had one. Her name was Liara T'Soni.

Mister_Dawg880d ago

I think some people on here are already having an unhealthy relationship with their little black box ;-)

ShAkKa880d ago

Hey, let's not make this a Ps4 only problem, there are some people having unhealthy relationship with their big black boxes too...

BoneBone880d ago

Why would you want to? I hope they realese a virtual therapist before anthing down this street. It's a bit sad.

sprinterboy880d ago

Yeah can't see or want to fall in love with a video game character lol, I enjoy games load's but that's too far

chrissx880d ago

That would be sick lol. A video game character can't have "feelings" for a human so it would be 1 sided love

Malphite877d ago

Believe it or not but what we call feelings is nothing more than electric signals interpreted by our brain. If we could get true intelligence computers (meaning they learn new things without being programmed for it) they could actually develop preferences and maybe even a personality.

I know it sounds like science fiction but what is normal nowadays was science fiction a couple hundred years ago. I'm pretty sure the human race won't stop until we can actually take the role of god and reproduce something in our own image.

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