Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Other Human-Computer Stories

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Robot:
mechanical or virtual agent, usually an electro-mechanical machine that is guided by a computer program or electronic circuitry

Cyborg: (short for cybernetic organism) being with both organic and mechanical parts

Android: robot or synthetic organism designed to look and act like a human, especially one with a body having a flesh-like resemblance
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2013’s “Her” is a softly-spoken, gently filmed look at artificial intelligence set in a post-Macbook-empire LA. The operating system Samantha (referred to colloquially in the film as an “OS”) is voiced with great care by Scarlett Johansson. This is one of Johansson’s most engrossing performances, rivaled by her turn in 2013’s “Don Jon,” as a fake-fingernailed Jersey princess. Both Samantha and Barbara, Jonhanssen’s character in “Don Jon” are female love interests for their soul-searching, confused male counterparts. The only difference is, Samantha is a computer program designed to facilitate and enhance a human life.

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The 50 Most Romantic Movies Ever Made

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Ah, Valentine’s Day: flowers, candy, gifts, overpriced dinners, and wildly outsized expectations. And we can blame the movies for most of those expectations; few genres are as unfairly fantasy-based as the romance, and as prone to send jaded viewers like us into fits of gagging. But we’re also not made of wood; there are a good number of romantic movies that get us right in the old ticker. As a matter of fact, there are about 50 of them.

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waiting out the demons

a diary of a mom

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“Slowly now,” I say. “Slowly, baby. Let’s slow it down.”

My mantra.

“We can get through this, kiddo. We can. We will.”

“Mama’s here.”

I curl my body around yours, still small enough to fit – one cup perfectly designed to nest inside another, then, someday another still, and another still. God’s infinitely perfect Mama Plan.

“Slowly, baby. I’m here. I’ve got you.”

I wrap myself around you. I throw my leg over yours, wrap my arm around your shoulders, cup your wet cheek in my hand.

Leave her alone! She’s done nothing!

I silently shout to no one there.

Leave. Her. Alone.

Come get ME.

You’re trembling. Damn it, you’re trembling.

I pull you closer and tug at the comforter. I arrange it just so until it covers us both. I know you’re not cold, but I have to do something. Put something between you and them.

Come get ME.

“I’m…

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I don’t think so.

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On the way home yesterday, I heard an NPR story about how a computer program at MIT has apparently learned how to “help” an MIT media lab student “compose” a sonnet using a database of Shakespeare’s works.

Including only words used by Shakespeare, the program suggests words that The Bard might have used in “that situation,” or, when writing a sonnet.

The transcript clarifies: “It was [Mathias’] sonnet confined to authentic Shakespearean language. It’s the same predictive software we see when our devices try to finish our sentences and suggest the next word.” Great, so a new application of technology.

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EGIPTO: ATENTADO A UN AUTOCAR DE TURISTAS MATA A 4 PERSONAS Y HIERE A 26

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Hasta el momento el ataque terrorista a un autobús turístico —que dejó al menos cuatro muertos y 26 heridos— es el primero contra viajeros extranjeros desde el 3 de julio de 2013 en el país africano. La información aún es confusa pues mientras algunos medios de comunicación locales hablan de una bomba que estalló al interior del vehículo, otros que fue un misil. Ningun grupo se ha atribuído el siniestro.

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CREAN EN LABORATORIO UN PULMÓN HUMANO

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LA CREACIÓN DE ÓRGANOS NATURALES ES UN PASO GIGANTESCO QUE COMPENSARÍA LA ESCASEZ DE DONACIONES. LA IMAGEN A ES ANTES QUE LAS CÉLULAS NUEVAS SE VOLVIERAN A SEMBRAR. LA IMAGEN B ES EL PRODUCTO TERMINADO. LA CREACIÓN DE ÓRGANOS NATURALES ES UN PASO GIGANTESCO QUE COMPENSARÍA LA ESCASEZ DE DONACIONES. LA IMAGEN A ES ANTES QUE LAS CÉLULAS NUEVAS SE VOLVIERAN A SEMBRAR. LA IMAGEN B ES EL PRODUCTO TERMINADO.

Por primera vez en la historia, varios científicos han sido capaces de crear en un laboratorio un pulmón humano, un avance emocionante en la medicina regenerativa, pero un descubrimiento que probablemente tardará muchos años en llegar a ser implantado en pacientes.

Es tan increíblemente genial”, dijo Joan Nichols, una investigadora del Centro Médico de la Universidad de Texas. “Ha sido ciencia ficción y nos estamos moviendo hacia la realidad científica”.

Si los pulmones funcionan, y eso es un gran “si”, podrían ayudar en el futuro a los miles de personas en espera de un trasplante de pulmón.

La creación o desarrollo de muchas partes del cuerpo en laboratorio, como tráqueas e hígados…

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