The Nose Falls in Love With Its Operating System

Jan 17, 2014

Joaquin Phoenix in the Spike Jonze film, "Her."
Credit Warner Bros. Pictures

The Nose panel went to the movies this week to see the critically-acclaimed Spike Jonze film, "Her," about a future world in which it's not unusual for a man to fall in love with his artificially-intelligent operating system. 

A good movie can tell us a lot about ourselves, our fears, how we view the world, and our place in it. Spike Jonze takes us past the question of how we feel about technology, to a solitary place, where we need to face how we feel about our relationships with other humans. Is it preferable to live with the painful messiness of human relationships and the loss and loneliness that go with them? Or the cleaner, neater, and curated relationships with technology that simultaneously erase and erect the boundaries that separate us?

What else will spark our panel's interest remains to be seen: glamorization of e-cigarettes; the Kellers; Lisa Adams and journalistic integrity; the audio of Adam Lanza. 

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  • James Hanley is the co-founder of Cinestudio at Trinity College.
  • Jim Chapdelaine is a producer, award-winning composer, and recording engineer.
  • Carolyn Paine is an actor, dancer, and Director of CONNetic Dance.