Media companies have mostly used voice-activated devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home to deliver news headlines.

One result of this is “The Inspection Chamber,” a Kafkaesque audio drama developed over the last nine months with production company Rosina Sound.

The two scientists, who may be aliens, have to correctly identify a new life form, the listener, before they can go home.

The listener undergoes a scientific examination, answering questions like, “Do you feel special?” and “Are you in a happy mood or a gloomy mood?”

“The scientists have different approaches to solving the riddle, so there’s tension between them and tension between them and Dave, who appears less reliable than a computer,” said Henry Cooke, senior producer at BBC’s R team.

The story runs about 20 minutes.

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