AUDRIE is a machine that senses proximity and/or touch and responds dynamically. It senses capacitance and responds differently to different individuals and environments. Unlike most applications of sensors, the goal is to create an imprecise machine with low repeatibility. In other words, we do not know how it will react to any environment or person, or if it will react at all.
Being able to predict what a machine will do when activated comforts us; when they do not work as expected it frustrates us.
AUDRIE was designed with simple geometric shapes, hard lines, right-angles and 3D printed in hard black plastic to be unlike anything we think of as biological or organic. In spite of physical appearance how would persons react to an object like this based solely on its movement and responses to stimuli?
Without communicating through verbal dialog, AUDRIE [Proto 1.0] raises further questions as:
What are feelings? What are emotions? What are fear, love, attraction, sadness, happiness, excitement? Can a machine via code and electronics experience these? Can our own feelings and emotions be reduced to our own human code and circuitry? Can a machine like or dislike a person? Do robots need to resemble their creators for us anthropomorphize them? Should machines be built without purpose to be set free to roam? Does less control equate to more personality? And therefore:
Does instilled/installed purpose negate personhood?