The characters in “Her” do not seem futuristic. You already know people exactly like them today. But we still live in a transition time, and over half of our citizenry grew up with the “old,” pre-computer ways and norms. Today, however, nine of 10 teens aged 14 to 17 utilize online social media. And, rapidly, computerization, automation and robotization are expanding in all directions. Therefore, we have not yet arrived at the ultimate online society that we are — without a doubt — pointed at.
So, as more and more life migrates onto screens, will we try to assess what is gained and what is lost? With all that computer power, we’ll have no shortage of data, but I wonder if we’ll lose the inclination and attributes necessary for the requisite distillation and synthesis.
Brian T. Watson is a Salem News columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.