In the film 'Her', Joaquin Phoenix's character falls in love with an artificially intelligent virtual companion. At first, the predictive technology system simply observes Phoenix's behaviour. 'She' then starts to react to his behaviour. Finally, she (correctly) anticipates his emotional needs. The film sounds futuristic, but the technology is almost here.
No one would have known Thomas had a gambling problem. Every day he took the train to work, held down a respectable job and at night he would return to his wife and young children, where he'd sit at the kitchen table, chatting to them about their day, only every so often pausing to glance at his mobile phone.
Lard-ass, blubber, pizza face, special needs, slag, easy spread, loner, freak, beware of the dog... In the world we live in today, sticks and stones may break our bones yet words can do much more damage than that - words can sometimes destroy us.
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