Curious Conversations

with conversational agents


Keywords: conversational agents, voice assistants, more-than-human.

Collaborators: Anuradha Reddy, Iohanna Nicenboim, Elisa Giaccardi, Yolande Strengers.
Year: 2020-2022
It has been predicted that in a few years, there will be more conversational agents (CAs) than humans on this planet. But what conversations are we having, and what conversations could we be having?

In this collaboration, we are curiously probing, interogating, interviewing and speculating with CAs such as Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Siri. An important aspect of this work is to expose the hidden biases and logics of these systems, and imagine other possible ways of designing CAs. 

We have created a Questionnaire for Conversational Agents which can be found here. 

Published and presented in:

MozFest 2021: “Conversations on Conversational AI“

DIS 2020 workshop: “More-Than-Human Design and AI: In Conversation with Agents“

Iohanna Nicenboim, Elisa Giaccardi, Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, Anuradha Venugopal Reddy, Yolande Strengers, James Pierce, and Johan Redström. 2020. More-Than-Human Design and AI: In Conversation with Agents. In Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS' 20 Companion). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 397–400. DOI:

Alt.chi (forthcoming 2021)