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How do we live in the omnipresence of voice assistants?

The VA-PEPR research project looks into how voice assistants (VAs) change our practices and routines in everyday life within the context of Switzerland.

This interdisciplinary research project is conducted by Hochschule Luzern (HSLU), OST – Ostschweizer Fachhochschule and Northumbria University under the lead of HSLU School of Art & Design. It is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

[…] But, I am slowly building a relationship with it. He’s slowly becoming a part of my everyday life, he gets up with me, he’s there, he gives me the news, he makes sure I’m entertained with music.

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