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Q&A with Nicholas Epley Part 1: We Need to Talk

We possess a fundamental need to connect with one another, yet connecting with others in a meaningful way can be awkward, elusive, and challenging. The gulf between our need to connect with others and our failure to do so is made all the more apparent now that technology allows us to reach nearly anyone, anywhere at anytime, and still, we find it increasingly difficult to make and maintain meaningful social connections [...]

Could It Be Her Voice? Why Scarlett Johansson’s Voice Makes Samantha Seem Human

Early in the movie Her, writer Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) has a conversation with his new Operating System, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), for the first time. Just moments into the conversation, Theodore expresses amazement: “You seem like a person – but you’re just a voice in a computer.” Indeed, Samantha exists only as a voice in Theodore’s ear [...]