According to Wired's Kyle Vanhermert, the movie Her will have a greater impact on future technology than the Minority Report. Rather than obvious, intrusive devices that dominate over us, the technology in Her has simply "dissolved into everyday life."
Theos phone in the film is just that?a handsome hinged device that looks more like an art deco cigarette case than an iPhone. He uses it far less frequently than we use our smartphones today; its functional, but its not ubiquitous. As an object, its more like a nice wallet or watch. In terms of industrial design, its an artifact from a future where gadgets dont need to scream their sophistication?a future where technology has progressed to the point that it doesnt need to look like technology.
All of these things contribute to a compelling, cohesive vision of the future?one thats dramatically different from what we usually see in these types of movies. You could say that Her is, in fact, a counterpoint to that prevailing vision of the future?the anti-Minority Report. Imagining its world wasnt about heaping new technology on society as we know it today. It was looking at those places where technology could fade into the background, integrate more seamlessly. It was about envisioning a future, perhaps, that looked more like the past. In a way, says Barrett, my job was to undesign the design.
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