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Billionaire VC Marc Andreessen welcomes the symbiotic AI future: ‘It’s going to be a much better way to live’

September 7, 2023 at 1:50 PM EDT
A child’s finger and a humanoid robotic finger touch in front of a black background resembling Michaelangelo's painting, "The Creation of Adam"

Marc Andreessen anticipates that everyone, starting with children, will have a constant AI companion and helper.
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The 2013 film Her, a science-fiction romance starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, isn’t far off from what billionaire Marc Andreessen sees in humanity’s near future. In the movie, Phoenix’s character develops a friendship with an advanced artificial-intelligence companion, voiced by Johansson, that eventually deepens into a bizarre love.

In Andreessen’s vision of the future, AI will serve as a person’s ubiquitous companion, helping with every aspect of their lives, from making grocery lists to life-altering decisions. Everyone, starting with children who will grow up with the technology, will use AI programs that can be worn as a necklace or beam words directly into their heads through bone conduction. The AI will know these humans intimately and become their therapists, coaches, and friends, he said.


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