Our Friends Electric is a short film exploring alternate forms and interactions for voice AI done by Superlflux, a speculative design studio in 2017. The project was commissioned by Michelle Thorne and Jon Rogers from Mozilla’s Open IoT Studio. The film explores our developing relationship with voice activated AI assistants, and the future potential of these relationships through three fictional devices.
Core themes explored:
- how much control do we want to have over interactions with these devices?
- challenge assumptions around Voice AI
- open up the complexities of our relationships with increasingly “intelligent” devices
- what it might mean to make the ‘training’ or ‘learning’ aspects of the device part of the experience of owning it.
The film - https://vimeo.com/235720958
One of the 3 devices built had a humour modulator and again the humour is induced by encrusting the living upon the mechanical.