Denise Morris and Frann Michel review Spike Jonze new (quasi science fiction) romantic comedy "Her". Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, an introverted man who goes through a divorce with his child-hood sweetheart, only to fall curiously in love with his new, hyperintelligent operating system, dubbed "Samantha", that is voiced by Scarlett Johansenn. Samantha isn't the only one of her kind either. The story moves beyond Theodore and Samantha to include other operating systems in love affairs with other people, and eventually goals of self-actualization on the part of the operating systems beyond these limited connections.
Bill Resnick talks with Richard Smith about the havoc that Chinese development has wreaked on the people and environment within Chinese borders, and what that means in the context of global capitalism and increasingly global ecological crises.
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The Federal Aviation Authority has named three sites in Oregon among the list of places to be used for testing drones. Robin Ryan speaks to Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink and author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, and Becky Strauss of the ACLU of Oregon, for more. 10:18 minutes (9.44 MB)
Host Rabia Yeaman interviews author and editor-in-chief of its The Economist website, Tom Standage. They discuss his most recent book "Writing on the Wall" (2013), a historical look at the first 2000 years of social media. 50:58 minutes (17.5 MB)
The US Military wants smart machines to do more and more of the fighting. But author Mike Maden sees a danger in taking the human element out of war, which he says is a human activity, not a technological activity. Don Merrill goes in-depth with Mr. Maden and his new book, "Drone". 28:13 minutes (25.84 MB)