Watch till the end to connect to their shared 'moment'.
In 1935, telephone advertisements spruiked slogans such as "Have you ever watched a person telephoning to a friend? Have you noticed how readily the lips part into smiles?"
When witnessing my Hello Machine’s in action during the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival, what I enjoyed seeing most was the animated expressions of joy that seemed to beam out from their faces, while ‘voice visiting’ with complete strangers in different countries. While watching this clip, I couldn’t help but be drawn in, not just by the man engaged in the actual conversation, but through his partner’s smilingly expressive reaction to witnessing this exchange take place. It would not have been the first time she has witnessed a long-distance call, or a call between strangers, but yet her face is lit up, reminiscent of a time when telephone calls did evoke a sense of awe and wonder at the marvel of being able to talk to a real-life person, through a strange mechanical device. The man ends his conversation so well though when he questions whether or not the person on the other end is an AI by finishing with… “Human or machine? I guess human, because smiling just works only with a human.”