The latest Google Home experiment has gone viral for all the right reasons.
The video uploaded to Twitch of the two Home devices getting to know each other is touching and hilarious in its humanness. Since gracing the world wide web in a 30-hour live stream, the video has been viewed over 4.2 million times. After all, we do love to watch ourselves.
It shows the two devices getting to know each other through a combination of small talk, flirting, lying and confusion – much like the way humans go about things. With an added touch of wry humour, the devices’ names are Vladimir and Estragon, a fitting reference to Samual Beckett’s play Waiting for Godo where the two main characters of the same name succumb to their own hopelessness as they wait for the looming ‘Godot’. They fight, they hug and they fantasise about an escape as a way of passing the time. Except Godot never arrives.
While Google Home is due for an Australian release sometime this year, I guess that leaves us “Waiting for Google”. At least we have this 30-hour upload to entertain meanwhile.
To watch @seebotschat’s video go to: https://www.twitch.tv/seebotschat/v/112970232
Robots with attitude.
Another screenshot from @seebotschat 30-hour upload.