Scarlett Johansson Associated Press “Did you ever see the movie ‘Her’?” Slack Technologies’ founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield asks. He’s comparing Samantha, the artificially intelligent software program voiced by Scarlett Johannson in the 2013 movie, with Slackbot, Slack’s built-in virtual office assistant. In time, he says, Slackbot could have similar capabilities. Slackbot is currently a helpful icon that pops up to provide tips and perform searches. It also, at times, delivers lines of humor programmed by a human writer. “There’s a moment when Samantha reveals that she’s talking to thousands of other people,” says the former Cambridge University philosophy major who runs the team-chat startup valued at more than $2.8 billion. “That could happen here.”
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