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That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer?

The film Her, about a man who falls in love with his computerized personal assistant, has been nominated for five Oscars including best picture. It takes place at an unspecified time in the future when computer voices sound like Scarlett Johansson instead of Siri. This made me wonder if it was …

In this new 'Transcendence' trailer computers are the future of evolution

Cinematographer Wally Pfister has been realizing the worlds of director Christopher Nolan since <i>Memento</i>, and this year he's going to be taking his own turn behind the camera with <i>Transcendence</i>. While we'd already gotten a glimpse, this latest trailer gives us a better sense of what the plot of the …

Is Freedom Just An Illusion? Maybe We Don't Want To Know

The possibility that machines will be able to simulate the human brain is all over the news these days. In the United States, President Obama's Brain Initiative promises $100 million to fund research into "how we think, learn, and remember." In Europe, the Blue Brain Project, headed by Henry …

The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science Fiction

Why do so many readers still look down on the genre of Orwell and Atwood?<p>When I’m introduced to someone as a writer, a now familiar pattern of events often follows.<p>“Oh, really! How interesting!” the someone—let’s call her Jane—says, sounding quite enthusiastic. “What do you write?”<p>“Science …

The Mind-Body Problem: A Cautionary Tale

I finally watched the movie <i>Her</i>, directed and written by Spike Jonze (aka Adam Spiegel). The screenplay deservedly got an Oscar earlier this year. The movie explores the human-machine interface, exposing our emotional fragility in a deeply moving and lyrical story. Rarely have the loneliness of …

Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.<p>For at least the last decade, the happiness craze has been building. In the last three months alone, over 1,000 books on happiness were …

Pythagoras' iPhone: Is Listening A Lost Classroom Art?

Listen and learn, the saying goes.<p>But are students and teachers these days fully listening to each other?<p>What, exactly, is good listening, and why does it matter when it comes to learning? Is "close listening" a doorway to understanding that too many of us are keeping only half-open?<p>My story on …

20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014

WATCH THIS!<p>From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the …