A device that intelligently reacts to human conversation raises thoughts around our future relationships with predictive technology.

Conversacube is a piece of technology intended to provoke thought on the potential impact of intelligent devices on everyday life. The small box sits in the middle of two users in conversation, capturing audio and analyzing the nature of the discussion. Throughout the conversation, the machine determines the ideal response for any given interaction, prompting users with directions and lines for how to best react to each other’s statements. On the surface the device is positioned as a means to use technology to avoid awkward conversations; see below for a tongue-in-cheek video description of how the device will help you “avoid awkward first dates and improve your love life”:

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