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The Cutting Edge of Loneliness

What if Samantha was a hotdog?

Joe Rosensteel and Dan Sturm


The Long-Term Plan Is Kill All Humans

We tackled “Her” and “Ex Machina,” two films about artificial women and the men who love them. But while Scarlett Johansson’s Samantha wants to send a ‘Dear John’ update to all humanity, Alicia Vikander’s Ava has more in mind than pleasant dinner conversation. What do these films say about online relationships, society’s power dynamics, and tech-industry culture?

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Brian Hamilton and David J. Loehr