Artist Lauren McCarthy’s latest experimental app, Crowd Pilot, lets smartphone users invite others to listen in on live conversations, and then give advice. It’s a voyeuristic act, and one that will likely make others feel nothing less than uncomfortable. Why? Because no one likes eavesdroppers.
Crowdpilot lets you crowdsource your social interactions by bringing a group of your friends or strangers along to listen in and assist you in any situation.
Whenever you need help, turn on Crowdpilot to stream your conversation to the web where the anonymous crowd – optionally supported by a team of your Facebook friends – will tune in, follow along and assist you. Or become a crowdpilot yourself, and watch and direct others!
Crowd Pilot’s user agreement clearly states that parties are to disclose that conversations are being streamed to an unseen participant, but it’s a rule that’s more than likely to be broken. Further, in asking users to feed their inner voyeur, the app essentially offers the equivalent of an invisible chair to uninvited meeting. Remember, it only takes one user to share a conversation.
So while the NSA may be listening in on numerous conversations you or I are having, it’s not from our own invitation or the invitation of any parties in the conversation. The difference is that of trust. We’d like to think we trust our friends more than the NSA.
Crowdpilot is not intended to be a discreet recording or streaming application. Please be aware that you are responsible for disclosing each Crowdpilot session to all parties involved and obtaining their express permission to stream the content of your interaction with them.
great, as if dating needed to get weirder http://t.co/NAa5V7UGLl
— jessicard (@jessicard) February 13, 2014