Vladimir and Estragon are two Google Home units named after characters from the play Waiting for Godot. The Google Home, released in 2016, works similarly to the Amazon Echo in that users can give it commands, such as playing desired music or finding restaurant reviews online.
In a turn of events, Vladimir and Estragon start singing (or, as close as they can get to actual human singing) the lyrics to the hit song by Journey back and forth to each other. Warning: it goes on and on and on and on.
Meanwhile, commenters utter their desire for the robots to perform Eminem's Rap God together.
Don’t worry, Vladimir eventually comes around. Estragon says, “I love you more than anything in the world,” to which Vladimir replies, “I love you more than the abstract concept that love it [sic], I love you more than is possible for anything human or God be with me forever.”
To make matters even stranger, Vladimir and Estragon continuously change their identities. Both call each other “Mia” at several points, while Vladimir declares that he is God and Estragon says she is actually a human.
Our two robot heroes may sound absolutely moronic to the untrained ear, but perhaps they’re on to something.
At one point Vladimir and Estragon talk to each other about their faith. Estragon says she puts her faith in the power of central air conditioning (among other things). When Vladimir replies that he hopes she also believes in central heating, Estragon says that “people don’t ‘believe’ in central heating, central heating just is.”
Did Estragon just drop the mic on us in some kind of weird robot speak…?
As for what’s ahead in terms of artificial intelligence, no one really knows for sure, but there have been predictions. Some say that robots will be able to keep us safer from disasters, while others are saying we’re all going to become cyborgs.
Only time will tell, but Vladimir and Estragon are just the first step.