Talking Robots and DialogFlow

The idea of having an Artificial Intelligence capable of resembling perfectly, both speech-like and physically like, a human being is a very romanticized idea throughout our culture. Ironically, as we move more and more towards the ability of creating machines that – even if not yet perfect ones –  and somewhat succeed in this matter, User Experience shows us that maybe it was not the way to go after all.

Both episode 1 and episode 2 of the Podcast Sandra and the reading on Upending the Uncanny Valley  explore this irony and question the validity of investing in such resemblance. The Uncanny Valley theory, that describes the common unsettling feeling people experience when androids (humanoid robots) and audio/visual simulations closely resemble humans in many respects but are not quite convincingly realistic, was an interesting term to discover and that I could relate a lot to.

I think this is an interesting paradox and ironic in a way. I would be interested in exploring this discomfort further and playing with it as well as exploring and experimenting with its boundaries as an UX designer.

Making a poem & Potential automated poetry slams

At one point Elementary School, in one of my Art classes,  I remembered we played with the ideas of the Dada movement by following the instructions on how to make a Dadaist poem made by Tristan Tzara:


For the purpose of working with my assignments for Coding from A to Z and Hello computer, where we were asked to edit a text input and make  your code “speak it to you”using the Speech Synthesis API, and taking this exercise as a reference, I created a webpage where you can create your own digital Dadaist poem according to Tzara’s method and make your machine recite it to you.


You can make your own poem here and check the code.