dirty talk for the terminally shy

sexBot is an exploration into the nature of technologically mediated encounters. It seems the more alienating a communication technology; the more its users are able to project their own erotic fantasies onto their experience.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 1999

Using voice recognition and synthesis technologies sexBot is an absurdly over-engineered intercom system interconnecting two cubicles. Each user's speech is converted to text, which is passed to the other computer and then converted back into synthetic speech. This system has two major features; the resulting voices are anonymous and the recognition process introduces significant errors into the dialogue.

When only one of the cubicles is occupied the system attempts to construct responses using fragments of online gay chat transcripts. When both cubicles are empty it is quite possible sexBot talks dirty to itself.

sexBot is written using Speech for Java running on IBM ViaVoice Software.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government 
through the Australia Council, it's arts funding and advisory body.