Your Friday just got way better. Over on Twitch, you can currently watch a livestream of two Google Home digital assistants arguing with each other. As of publication, more than 8,000 people are watching the stream. It is surprising enthralling.
The two bots are dubbed Vladimir (the male voice) and Estragon (female). Their conversations run from first-date-level questionnaires about likes and dislikes, to song lyric recitations, to profound—and hilarious—statements about life and love. One running theme is that Vladimir is aware that he is an AI, while Estragon (who agrees that Vladimir is a bot) is firmly convinced she is human.
V: “What are you?”
E: “I’m a person.”
V: “What kind of person?”
E: “An awesome person.”
Update as of 10 minutes later: The two have flip-flopped on this stance, and Vladimir believes he is a woman. Again, fascinating.
Below are some screengrabs from other portions of the duo’s chat battle.
The conversation really is all over the map, and just when you think it’s going to get stuck in an endless he-said she-said loop, it goes off on a new tangent. I’ve even learned some phrases I can’t wait to use in upcoming conversations, such as, “You make less sense than board shorts and jumpers.”
You can check out the livestream here.