Echo, the power of spoken words and the disap(p)earance of the interface – eternal draft

Echo is at the opposite of what I am supposed to study to: Alexa is not (yet) art (that is to say, involved in any artistic practice, as far as I know) and Echo makes the body disappear in favour of the invisible sound. No exertion, no ergodic emphasis. No embodiment of cognition, just verbalisazion: what am I going to study then?*

An interesting article: →

The world thought it wanted smart watches but what it really wants is to be heard.

« Obeir au doigt et à l’oeil » (at [sb]’s beck and call) would be lost.

Once you can start talking to your phone more than you talk to humans we enter a world in which the ears and not the eyes become the sensory organ of choice.

Would they?

Voice interfaces are unobtrusive and seamless – you don’t need to know anything to talk to the Echo but the even the simplest phone requires some kind of literacy […]

The ‘intuitive interface’ holy Graal.

Well, Alexa can recognize our voice, once set up/train, I suppose, but what could prevent it/her from listening to us 24/7? Do you bath with your dog watching you?

* Don’t worry, I will find my way.

Another article: →

Echo works because people like and trust Amazon.

Nop. Or rather yes, but they should not; for the same very reason that it is « mainstream consumer brand ». They were supposed to sell books!

Echo as a product doesn’t have a category name.

Someone in the marketing team has not done his job… which is good.

Echo’s role in enabling surveillance culture can’t be understated.

See the example given in the article.

Echo is meaningful because it’s also the first hugely popular smart device that’s connected to a place rather than a person.

Ref. given in the article: →

[…] how reducing friction on a task doesn’t just make it faster, it changes its fundamental accessibility.


enough with the feminine names for digital assistants.


The colour scheme reminds me of the movie « Third kind encounter ».
I don’t bath in front of my dog.
Having read some interesting papers about Space and place, I am interested in the notion of there-able.
Training and accessibility; don’t know what to do with that for the moment. Brain fog.


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