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.