A downloadable babuschka
B.A.Bu.S.Ka. is a text-based video game created in Twine. Following a choose your own adventure structure, the game simulates conversation and other online interactions between a human player/user and the titular chatbot. Acting as beta testers, human players interact with B.A.Bu.S.Ka. across three service industry scenarios: grocery store check out, public library help desk, and movie theater ticket booth. As B.A.Bu.S.Ka. answers player questions, she places them into situations which are somehow shifted, exposing the ways in which they expected B.A.Bu.S.Ka. to fall into stereotypical personality traits and responses. Through B.A.Bu.S.Ka., we imagine a more just, diverse, aware, and accepting future for A.I. programs, androids, and chatbots.
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