Virtual Seduction

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The future of genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics are at the heart of 'Teknolust,' a new film from Lynn Hershman Leeson and starring Tilda Swinton. It's a cyber-fi story about SRAs (Self Replicating Automatons) - intelligent life forms that evolve to the point where they have the capacity to fall in love. Shot with the new 24p digital high definition camera, Teknolust features an artificial intelligent web agent, whom you can also meet in 'real life' on her web site, www.agentruby.com. You are invited to chat Eliza-style with Ruby to help her reach her goal of becoming more intelligent than humans, and you can check back regularly to see how she's improving. 'Teknolust' the movie opens today, August 22, in San Francisco. - Helen Varley Jamieson.