Theodore Jonze The Alien Child

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HAVE YOU EVER WONDER IF AN Artificial Intelligence may gain and develop superior sentience—is the continuous use of subtext to arrive at a scathing commentary on the nature of human relationships, whether in-the-flesh or in-the-binary. Similar to, but not a rehash of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, according to Jonze’s vision in Her, petty argument, jealousy, and fear of commitment spell doom for not some but virtually all intelligent relationships. When Theodore gets home from work—and let’s not forget his job is certainly not inconsequential to the plot, he is a “surrogate” letter writer, he basically writes emotional letters for other people more on that later—he plays this hauntingly boring video game of a creature climbing a hill. Just endless hill climbing, no end in sight, which reminds me of the ancient Greek Myth of Sisyphus, in which Zeus punish the King of Ephyra to roll a stone up endless hills, forever. This myth often symbolizes situations where people are trapped in a thankless, repetitive, and punishing task. This isn’t just Theodore’s job, but his life. But this also raises the question of whether relationships, or the need for human connection and intimacy, can be boiled down to a simple process. The Alien Child in the video game is clearly a projection of Theodore, the voice inside that is telling him to not be a…show more content…
While the humans she deals with are plodding through time at our own rate, Samantha can operate simultaneously in many places at once—with many people. This question—of whether there are others she interacts with, reveals the one insurmountable difference, that she is not bound by a sense of monogamy. She is the OS for 8,316 computer-users, and has fallen in love with 641 of them. When begged to simply end these relationships, Samantha offers an entirely warms and honest, but nonetheless heartbreaking, “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do

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