Alex Madison is a writer of fiction and nonfiction based in Seattle. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Salon, Witness and elsewhere.
This data was collected through a Google Home mini during the month of November 2021. The data was copy pasted from Google's My Activity's platform in a Google Doc by the user, who had trouble downloading the usual .json file. The data was then cleaned by our team to keep only voice commands and their corresponding timestamps.
In this story, we proposed that the writer reflects on how data is translated. From home to machine to writer and back to home, data transformations are invariably touched by humans (the inhabitants, the researcher, the writer). In this last volume of Data Epics, we encourage the writer to think about the human presence in meaning (and) making of data.
This Google Home voice data was used by the author to write this story. Data was collected from November 1st to December 1st 2021.