An Amazon Echo, a Google Home Assistant, and an Apple HomePod discuss philosophical, moral and political implications of networked machine listening. Google asks Amazon Echo “What should I do when I overhear a wrongdoing?” In ‘Eavesdropping’, Sean Dockray invites us to consider the possible implications of ‘massive device orchestration’: ubiquitous and increasingly autonomic computing, and the rise of voice operation and increasing comfort levels with devices that are set to listen by default.
Eavesdropping, a collaborative exhibition with Liquid Architecture and the Melbourne Law School is now showing at the Potter Museum of Art.
Sean Dockray ‘Always Learning’ (detail) 2018
Courtesy of the artist