We play Hey Robot!, a game where you try to get your smart speaker to say a specific word. Which, as you might imagine, is much more difficult (and hilarious) than you might think. My guests are two of Hey Robot’s creators, Frank and Hilary Lantz, and Brooklyn-based programmer and artist Nicole He. Oh, and Alexa. The question we ask and try to answer in this episode is: “Alexa: what is intelligence?” Listen to find out what Alexa (and Nicole and Frank and Hilary) think. (filmed and recorded April 2020)
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Unedited footage from our Hey Robot! play session:
Nicole He is a programmer and artist based in Brooklyn, New York, currently making videogames, including the acclaimed Enhance.Computer and an upcoming sci-fi voice-controlled game with the National Film Board of Canada. She has worked as a creative technologist at Google Creative Lab, an outreach lead at Kickstarter, and an adjunct faculty member at ITP at NYU, where she received her Master’s degree. Nicole’s work has been featured in places such as Wired, BBC, The Outline, and The New York Times.
Frank Lantz is the Director of the NYU Game Center. He is a game designer and the co-founder of Area/Code Games. He’s 1/4 of the family game company Everybody House Games, best known for Hey Robot! and Universal Paperclips. He has taught game design for over 20 years at New York University, Parsons School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts and has created numerous influential talks and writings on the subject of games.
Colleen Macklin is the host of Fun Games with Serious People
Colin Howarth is our Editor and Producer
Yiqin Ma, is our Videographer
Our theme is “Rainbow” by Chad Crouch
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