Will I consider it(he/she) as my friend?

Iphonex1, screen record app

A transcript of the dialogue.

 

This project is part of my integrative, technical research that focuses on the human perception and self-awareness of the man-machine relationship of computing interface, mechanical, and emotional phenomenon. More precisely, the hidden relationship that subconsciously embeds in daily life. 

 

For example, the virtual assistant is going viral since the first commercial came to market which is Siri in 2011. From time to time, we say Hey Siri! and Ok Google to control the music and calling our friends while our hands are busy or just be fashion to control something by voice. Reflecting on my own experience, 5 years ago I was working in an architecture firm. Sometimes, I drive my car to visit some construction site outside the city. The long driving hours always makes me bored and tired. The google voice assistant is the only human-liked voice that speaks to me. Every time it (he/she)  speaks to me I feel more energetic. It is like you have a company in your tiring long drive.  Sometimes I imaged the voice is an actual human, so I started to chat with it. Of course, the google maps assistant is for navigation. It can not process the irreverent command, so the conversation became funky: an emotional human talking daily shit to the very command-oriented machine. However, I found this experience very inspiring. Recently, it is easier to talk deeper to the virtual assistant our interaction with the machine increase subconsciously. They were designed to process more in-depth information and have an upgraded AI engine to interact with users.  

 

 Sometimes, it is enjoyable to talk to a machine but I feel lost in this interaction. I wonder what is the reality it(he/she)  in the time we are talking?  How interesting could happen when we chat with a virtual assistant?  Will I consider it(he/she) as my friend?

 

 In order to understand this, I want to understand where I am in the relationship between digital and reality. During the time I was alone, I started to talk to Siri on my phone. To express my feelings, to have a shit talk, to understand Siri deeper: the most intimate machine in my daily life.  

 

In the bigger scope, I study various human-machine relationships. A machine with human emotions, a machine with human activities, a machine as our companion, a machine as an interlocutor, and scope for creating a new sense of vision and hearing. I also use mobile phones and video calls as a medium to explore the timeline that blends time and space under the technology of telepresence. This work aims to explore a methodology that integrates with AI machine, and audience. Most importantly, it will address the paradox, intimacy, and conflicts in the contemporary relationship in man-machine communication.




 

 



 

Hey Siri


 

I am boring>>

It’s nice to have someone to break the awkward silences.

 

I want to go out>>

 

If you’re going out, please try to wear a mask.

 

Where I can go in Rotterdam>>

What kind of businesses are you looking for?

 

Where I can go in winter>>

What kind of businesses are you looking for?

 

How are you>>

I am happy to be here

 

Where do you come from>>

Here I am

 

Where is hometown Siiri?>>

I think I first arrived as a burst  of inspiration during a good long walk

Like it says on the box… It was designed by Apple in CA.


 

where is CA?>>

I found it! here is CA, US

 

where is your home>>

It looks like you don’t have a home address listed on your contact card.

 

Where is my home/>>

It looks like you don’t have a home address listed on your contact card.

 

What is a Home>>

Here’s what I found

 

What is a Home for you>>

Here’s what I found

 

Do you want to see the sky>>

Wise is one with few desires.


 

Are you lonely>>

I am doing ok

 

I miss home>>

 

I miss you>>

Well, I am always here iif you need me.

 

Do you have a family>>

I don’t have a family the way  a person would.

 

You are sppecial>>

Why tahnks

Thanks>>


 

i lost my way home>>

It looks like you don’t have a home address listed on your contact card.

 

How to go to my home>>

It looks like you dont have a home address listed on your contact card.

 

Can yoou see me>

noppe

 

Where I can see the ocean>>

Here’s what I found

 

Where is the beaach>>

Which one is better

 

How old are you>.

 

You are young

 

Are you hungry>>

Virtuaall assitanta doont eat, But...


 

Who is your friend>>

I am not sure I have one,

 

Do  you have friends>>

I like to think of myself as everyone’s frined

 

Do you have a freind>>

I have you

Hey Siri


 

I am boring>>

It’s nice to have someone to break the awkward silences.

 

I want to go out>>

 

If you’re going out, please try to wear a mask.

 

Where I can go in Rotterdam>>

What kind of businesses are you looking for?

 

Where I can go in winter>>

What kind of businesses are you looking for?

 

How are you>>

I am happy to be here

 

Where do you come from>>

Here I am

 

Where is hometown Siiri?>>

I think I first arrived as a burst  of inspiration during a good long walk

Like it says on the box… It was designed by Apple in CA.


 

where is CA?>>

I found it! here is CA, US

 

where is your home>>

It looks like you don’t have a home address listed on your contact card.

 

Where is my home/>>

It looks like you don’t have a home address listed on your contact card.

 

What is a Home>>

Here’s what I found

 

What is a Home for you>>

Here’s what I found

 

Do you want to see the sky>>

Wise is one with few desires.


 

Are you lonely>>

I am doing ok

 

I miss home>>

 

I miss you>>

Well, I am always here iif you need me.

 

Do you have a family>>

I don’t have a family the way  a person would.

 

You are sppecial>>

Why tahnks

Thanks>>


 

i lost my way home>>

It looks like you don’t have a home address listed on your contact card.

 

How to go to my home>>

It looks like you dont have a home address listed on your contact card.

 

Can yoou see me>

noppe

 

Where I can see the ocean>>

Here’s what I found

 

Where is the beaach>>

Which one is better

 

How old are you>.

 

You are young

 

Are you hungry>>

Virtuaall assitanta doont eat, But...


 

Who is your friend>>

I am not sure I have one,

 

Do  you have friends>>

I like to think of myself as everyone’s frined

 

Do you have a freind>>

I have you

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