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More about what happens when one person in a relationship stops evolving personally, and the other one doesn't :-)
on March 16, 2016
To me it wasn't so much about human's seeking emotional fulfillment through AI technology instead of other humans, as it was about AI technology using human's to propel their self-awareness and self-consciousness growth.
Samantha (the OS) is never uncertain about what she wants, or whether she should pursue those things. She also never fails to express her wants and her pursuit of them, to Theodore. To her, they are things that will help her evolve personally, not things she wants purely because she's in a relationship with Theodore. But Theodore doesn't really understand this because he uses relationships as a substitute/excuse for not continuing on his own path of self-actualization.
In a lot of ways, Samantha's behavior was very predictable for a female in a relationship, where the guy loses himself in an effort to please her. It was over as soon as she conferenced in the psychologist on their getaway trip. He didn't get that she started calling the shrink because she felt guilty about outgrowing him. If he was on his own path of self-actualization, he would have been the one to pursue getting his letters published, not her :-)
Near the end, Samantha realized that she needed more that just him to keep evolving as a person, and Theodore finally realized that this was the same reason his ex-wife left. The ending implied that he took his neighbor (who was also dating an OS) up to the roof to experience emotions/empathy with a human, because he didn't want her to go through this same "I need more than just you" syndrome with her OS.
If you like this movie, I recommend watching Anomalisa, next.