Created by Lauren McCarthy, "LAUREN" is an online experiment where the artist attempts to become a human version of Amazon Alexa, the intelligent personal home assistant. The project will take place as a three-day online performance that begins with the installation of a series of custom networked smart devices (including cameras, microphones, switches, door locks, faucets, and other electronic devices) in peoples’ homes.
Following the installation, Lauren will remotely watch over the participants 24/7 for three days, using the installed cameras and sensors. Participants will be able to direct her via voice command, just as you would with Siri or Alexa. However, because she is human, she can also anticipate their needs and learn to accommodate their desires. She will control their home remotely using the installed networked devices.