Bingo the Friend Bot
For the first project, I created a Twitter bot that facilitates communication between strangers on the Internet by asking them to either send or request an "icebreaker" question from a random person. I'm really interested in installing empathy in my viewers with my art, so this project was supposed to help others understand some of the minds and lives of people they most likely would never meet in real life.
This is a contrast to what the Internet is typically known for doing, anonymizing people and their differences and limiting emotional connection, so my intervention here is asking for emotion where it is not necessarily wanted or needed. Although I didn't get many responses, two of these screenshots capture the types of responses I hoped to get: one shows a user asking a random question, which was sent to another user who requested one, and they were able to make a deeper connection in the process; and the other is an instance where someone got offended by the bot, thinking it was creepy by asking them something really personal, exposing the true nature of the Internet's aversion to empathy.