Montclair Film Montclair, NJ


Dr. Anna Feldman

Chairperson of Linguistics, Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science, Montclair State University

Her— AI: No scent of a woman

Dr. Anna Feldman engages the audience with a pre-film talk that explains the current state of generative Artificial Intelligence, and explores the questions raised in Spike Jonze’s film HER about the relationship between humans and machines.

Montclair Film Montclair, NJ

Film Synopsis

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

In the near future, a sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after his marriage ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) forms an unlikely bond with a new operating system that has the capacity to develop into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets the voice behind the OS1, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson). Though friends initially, the relationship soon deepens into love. Nominated for five Academy Awards, this film marks director-producer Spike Jonze’s solo screenwriting debut.

About the Speaker

Dr. Feldman has a PhD in Linguistics from Ohio State University.