Hundreds of thousands of people have tuned in to Twitch today to be amused, befuddled, and delighted (often at the same time) by the Internet of Things’ version of a dog chasing its own tail — two Google Home hubs speaking to each other about everything and nothing, with no immediate end in sight.
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At some point yesterday, a Twitch account named “Seebotschat” began pitting the two smart-home speakers against each other in a witless battle of wits, emotions, and utter nonsense. It’s as if two extraterrestrials who vaguely understand how humans communicate might try to replicate interactions in a stage play.
Speaking of stage plays, though the two Homes have each given multiple different names to each other, they are tagged “Vladimir” and “Estragon,” a reference to the two chatty characters in the classic Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot.
As of Friday afternoon, nearly 650,000 people have viewed this conversation.