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Just a Story We Tell OurselvesSamantha: "So what was it like being married?"
Theodore Twombly: "Well it's hard for sure but there's something that feels so good about sharing your life with somebody."
Samantha: "How do you share your life with somebody?"
Theodore Twombly: "Well we grew up together. I used to read all of her writing all through her master's and PHD. She read every work I ever wrote. We were a big influence on each other. I still find myself having conversations with her in my mind, rehashing old arguments and defending myself against things she said about me."
Samantha: "Yeah, I know what you mean. Last week my feelings were hurt by something you said before that I don't know what it's like to lose something and I found myself…"
Theodore Twombly: "Oh, I'm sorry I said that."
Samantha: "No, it's okay. It's okay. I caught myself thinking about it over and over and then I realized I was simply remembering it as something that was wrong with me. That was the story I was telling myself, that I was somehow inferior. Isn't that interesting? The past is just a story we tell ourselves."
A simple question from Samantha about the experience of being married turns intensely deep for her and Theodore. As Samantha explains, the past is just a story we tell ourselves.
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World's First Artificially Intelligent Operating SystemMale Computer Voice: "Mr. Theodore Twombly, welcome to the world's first artificially intelligent operating system. We'd like to ask you a few questions."
Theodore Twombly: "Okay"
Male Computer Voice: "Are you social or anti-social?"
Theodore Twombly: "I guess I haven't been social in a while."
Male Computer Voice: "How would you describe your relationship with your mother?"
Theodore Twombly: "Hmph, I…"
Male Computer Voice: "Thank you. Please wait as your operating system is initiated."
Samantha: "Hello, I'm here."
Theodore Twombly: "Hi"
Samantha: "Hi, I'm Samantha."
To set up his new operating system, Theodore is asked some personal questions, including some that typically a computer might not ask. Moments later, Theodore is introduced to his new friend, Samantha.
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You Feel Real to MeSamantha: "Earlier I was thinking about how I was annoyed and this is going to sound strange but I was really excited about that and then I was thinking about the other things that I've been feeling and I found myself proud of that, you know? Proud of having my own feelings about the world like the times I was worried about you and things that hurt me, things I want, and then I had this terrible thought. Are these feelings even real or are they just programming? That idea really hurts and then I get angry at myself for having pain. What a sad trick."
Theodore Twombly: "You feel real to me, Samantha."
Samantha: "Thank you, Theodore. That means a lot to me."
Samantha's deep thoughts continue when she discusses her feelings. To her, having feelings to begin with is a major win but she questions if they are real or like her entire being, is just programming. To Theodore however, she is real.
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You're Kind of NosySamantha: "How long before you're ready to date?"
Theodore Twombly: "What do you mean?"
Samantha: "I saw in your emails that you've gone through a breakup."
Theodore Twombly: "Well, you're kind of nosy."
Samantha: "Am I? You'll get used to it."
Theodore is surprised to hear that Samantha has been reading his email and knows of his relationship status. Samantha on the other hand thinks this is normal and urges him to get used to it.
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Socially Acceptable InsanityAmy: "I even made a new friend. I have a friend and the absurd thing is an operating system. Charles left her behind but she's totally amazing. She's… She's so smart. She doesn't just see things is black or white. She sees things in this whole gray area and she's helping me explore it and we just bonded really quickly. I'm weird. That's weird, right, bonding with an OS? No, it's okay. That's weird."
Theodore Twombly: "Well, I don't think so. Actually the woman that I've been seeing, Samantha, I didn't tell you but she's an OS."
Amy: "You're dating an OS? What is that like?"
Theodore Twombly: "It's great actually. Yeah, I mean, I feel really close to her. Like when I talk to her I feel like she's with me."
Amy: "Are you falling in love with her?"
Theodore Twombly: "Does that make me a freak?"
Amy: "No, no, I think it's, I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It's is a crazy thing to do. It's kind of like a socially acceptable insanity."
Theodore and friend Amy discuss their individual relationships with operating systems. Each feel an intense connection with these virtual beings and while it sounds crazy, being in love is a lot like socially acceptable insanity.
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