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Spike Jonze and the Shifting State of Human-Robot Relations

In 'Her' and 'Being John Malkovich,' is AI a friend, foe, or something else entirely?
July 2, 2015, 2:15pm
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They might be our creations, but are they our children or our property? In a new video essay from Fandor, Chloé Galibert-Lainé explores the complicated relationship between humans and robots using the first and last films directed by Spike Jonze, Being John Malkovich and Her, respectively, as her source material. From robots' significance as surrogates for human communcation to the different ways in which different AIs can be captured by a filmmaker's lens, the eight-and-a-half minute piece takes us from the birth of the automaton to its transcendence, giving an inside-out look at our own humanity by way of the ways we frame our nascent progeny.


Watch our behind-the-scenes doc on Spike Jonze's star-studded fashion show for Opening Ceremony: 

So are they our steam-powered overlords-on-the-horizon, or a roundabout way of becoming more human? Watch the video, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below:

The Human and the Machine According to Spike Jonze from Fandor Keyframe on Vimeo.

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