Experience what it's like to be interviewed by an artificial intelligence HR in a world of gamified work and total surveillance.
“An Interview with ALEX” is a 12-minute, playable experience in the browser that engages the audience in a job interview with ALEX, a powerful artificial intelligence HR employed by a speculative tech giant called “Open Mind.” The project is meant to criticize the present by speculating about the future. Through a science-fiction lens, the experience reveals how companies can use gamification as a tool of control, exploit technology to veil the true purpose of a job and extract the maximum amount of labor from its workers.
Initiation Phase: ALEX evaluates the candidate’s speaking voice.
Initiation Phase: The candidate is asked to smile as big as possible.
Gameplay: While playing the mini game, the candidate is distracted by the conversations of the “mentors” and the news headlines at the bottom of the interface.
Break Time: After each round of gameplay, the candidate is asked to take a 30-second break by staring at digitally-generated nature on the screen.
Q&A: ALEX asks the candidate intimate questions and measures how positive their tone is. (The questions are designed based on “The 36 Questions That Lead to Love.”)
Results: Data collected from the candidate is fed into an obscure algorithm. A “State of Mind Index” is calculated to determine whether the candidate is a good fit for the company.