Speaking with Alexa 2017

‘Speaking with Alexa’ was an experiment in creating a speculative prototype for facilitating debate with and through the conversational system, Amazon’s Alexa, on the emergent relationship between conversational systems and us.

Through the creation of an Alexa skill, with a corpus of response driven content, triggered by key words, a simulated discussion was generated with the system.  The intention behind these speculative prototype is to operate as a critical medium for exploring and facilitating debate.

It attempts to incorporate these systems as active ‘participants’ into the prototyping process, alongside the end users, not as sentient systems, but as systems of influence, generating a level of autonomous construction within predefined frameworks. Simultaneously revealing new possibilities in cultural expression and application of these systems.

Role: Artist & Technologist


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