What happens when you place two chatbot programs in conversation? What might they have to say about age-old philosophical questions? In Hello Hi There, Obie Award-winning director and writer Annie Dorsen poses these questions by staging two chatbots as live performers, reflecting on the issues of language, creativity, and political power raised in an infamous television debate between philosopher Michel Foucault and linguist Noam Chomsky in 1971. Every conversation between the chatbots forges a unique path due to their custom-made software, which has been programmed to mimic the nuances of human conversation. The result is an unexpected, uncanny, and humorous meditation on what separates humans from machines.

February 18, 2012



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