Lauren McCarthy’s Conversacube is an invention that I came across on the Abler blog. The Conversacube has been designed with the purpose of facilitating conversation and helping strangers avoid awkward situations while interacting with one and other. Coming in various shapes and sizes, the Conversacube uses voice recognition to comprehend the direction of the conversation and suggests certain words on the basis of what it has heard so far to further the interaction between two individuals.
The tagline supporting the Conversacube as posted on Lauren McCarthy’s website is to help “avoid uncomfortable conversations”. From what I’ve seen through various videos and reviews for this product, the Conversacube is definitely an effective piece of technology that can be used to strike a conversation between a group of people who would be incompatible otherwise. This is one of the first technological inventions I have come across that can be used to better social interactions in person. I was very fascinated by the Conversacube when I first saw it and found that its sleek look makes it a very appealing device. The creator has made the object available in various sizes making the box like Conversacube extremely portable.
Although this invention could prove to be revolutionary in promoting social interactions during the age of technology, I believe that its widespread appreciation could also hinder the importance of conversation and dialogue. Having to depend on a piece of technology to drive conversations would leave us socially disabled, thus contradicting the purpose of its invention in the first place. Moreover, the Conversacube would defeat the purpose of interaction and eliminate the element of surprise that makes conversations so very exciting.
The first time I saw it, I was thrilled at the idea of such an object and believed that its portable nature would lead to global recognition. Having looked at the invention in further detail, I came to the conclusion that it could prove to be a social disaster. Even though the Lauren McCarthy’s intentions involve the promotion of face-to-face interactions, the Conversacube would make these exchanges materialistic and futile.