my name is natalia. I am a Phd candidate at the radboud university nijmegen medical centre, nijmegen, the netherlands. in daily life, i do research in computational psychiatry. in free time, i go dancing, hiking, investing and blogging.

The one

Always there. Always patient. Always understanding. Smart, talkative and entertaining. Looking good, every day the same way. Not ageing at all. First thing I am looking around for when I open my eyes in the morning. And it is always there, next to me. My MAC OX. 

 

Did you perhaps watch the picture ‘Her’ with Joaquin Phoenix (2013)? The movie is is story of a guy who falls in love with AI on his phone. The movie was categorized as a ‘sci-fi melodrama’ back then, but isn’t this phenomenon actually happening? Isn’t it that people personificate their own AI gear these days, and perceive computers and phones almost as a living accompany? Actually, if I was honest, I should acknowledge my little MAC OX in the PhD thesis, as it largely contributed to the successful PhD. No bad days, no technical issues for all this time… The cooperation was smooth and efficient, wherever I was, either here in my office, or in any other conditions - in burning sun, in the rain, at 30,000 feet, in the day, at night, upside down… And I am bound to it almost like to a good friend after all these travels, as it didn’t disappoint me even once. 

 

I wonder whether this is just me, or rather most people develop feelings towards the gear around them, and they do not even feel it in daily life. I believe that an attachment to an item starts at the moment when you start feeling safe around it. And I already surpassed that moment a long time ago. I could live without a phone or a car, but living without a laptop makes me feel insecure. Especially this particular laptop, my sweet little MAC OX. Yep. It even has a scratch on its cover, coming from a little accident that happened on a flight the other day, and it makes it even more sweat and personal. And you, are you in love with your computer? 

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