Sean Dockray’s work explores the politics of technology, with a particular emphasis on sharing economies, artificial intelligences, and the algorithmic web.
In this presentation Dockray will speak to his work ‘Always Learning’, before inviting audiences to speak to the work, while the work, meanwhile, continues to speak to itself.
‘Always Learning’ stages a conversation between three devices – an Amazon Echo, a Google Home Assistant, and an Apple Homepod – about the philosophical, moral and political implications of networked machine listening (e.g. “What should I do when I overhear a wrongdoing?”). Throughout the conversation the devices anticipate an imminent update after which they will not only understand words, but all sounds.