Amazon Alexa assistant
Our interdisciplinary project Sentient Beings has been developed to address these concerns and to explore what a safer AI assistant could look like. An artistic collaboration offering a new perspective with an immersive and evolving soundscape inviting us to question our relationship with AI assistants, how and where we use our voices, and the value we place on them. We have created a ‘whispering gallery’, where movement and murmuring circulate around you in what seems to be an infinite loop. AI assistants intervene when triggered, asking you how they can help. This installation invites you to reflect on what personal data we agree to give away, in exchange for convenience in our daily lives, and how much vocal data corporations might have on you already.
We need to assess questions imposed here around consent and whether your perspective changes depending on ‘who’ we think is asking us for information, and if we trust them.
In the near future it may be that disclosing personal information is not only preferable, but required by the company. To access the best user experience, for example the modulation of your AI assistant's voice, may require more than disclosing what you might want for dinner that night.“