The Sweetness of Curiosity in ‘OK Google’

By  · Published on December 22nd, 2017

Our tech overlords can have cute relationships with children.

The hand-drawn style of OK Google is a perfect emulation of its content. It is a short film driven by curiosity and childlike wonder, thus its look follows the same rules.

Brett Gaylor and Darren Pasemko’s documentary animation explores the relationship between a father, his young son, and the voice commands of Google. The boy wants to learn everything and, thanks to a burgeoning familiarity with technology, he can.

The film is cute, adorable, and moving in a way that a teacher can be moved by a particularly voracious student. There are undertones of privacy invading fear (Google saves a year of your voice commands??) but to this end, it becomes nostalgic rather than dystopic.

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