This pseudo operating system can chat about significant and trivial topics, say which city has the best pizza, and even share jokes.
The 2013 film ‘Her,’ about a man who falls in love with his operating system, opened a world of possibilities regarding the future of technology. In it, the female voiced operating system is an artificial intelligence and is capable of growing and evolving. She also has a unique personality, which is one of the reasons why the protagonist is able to feel so connected to her. The film received widespread critical acclaim and made many people wonder whether an operating system like ‘Her’ might exist anytime soon. One digital creative didn’t see any plans in the woodworks, so he decided to make a ‘Her’-like system himself.
Bjorn Johansson is a long time fan of Spike Jonze, who directed ‘Her.’ Soon after seeing the film, he became inspired by Google Chrome’s speech recognition capabilities. He learned how to incorporate computer generated speech into a website, and imagined himself as the protagonist of the film. Eventually, he combined these skills and interests into a website with interactive elements that functions similarly to an operating system. He calls the project ‘Him.’
‘Him’ is an experiment and is in beta phase. It can only be used on the Chrome Browser, cannot be used with mobile devices, and requires a microphone to function. It is capable of responding to your questions, has extensive knowledge of pop culture, and is even humorous. That being said, Johansson doesn’t think a similar system could be used for something like an online advertising campaign because of its hardware and software requirements. He tells Cool Hunting that it will likely be a few more years before this kind of system could become mainstream.
Johansson says ‘Him‘ will get smarter over time, and he’s excited to watch it grow. For him it is a project about self expression and a way to connect to other creative individuals.