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 our emergent relationships with conversational systems. In particular considering their bias and lack of representation within their design and datasets.

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, as systems of influence, which propose new possibilities in cultural expression and application of these systems.

Role: Artist & Technologist


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