What will our future interactions with robots be like? Will robots be obedient or defiant? Will our relationships with them be intimate, or equal? Will they take care of us or will we take care of them? Dunne and Raby explore the range of these dynamics, which have already become part of our lives, whether with Roomba vacuums or Alexa speakers. The robots—some independent, others needy, neurotic, and timid—are individuals with distinct personalities and quirks and behaviors that emerge over time.
Gallery label from Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design, September 10, 2022–July 16, 2023