Everything is Okay is the first episode of a surrealist series by writer and actress Cirocco Dunlap. The premise is taking a singular element of our current reality, and blowing it out of proportion. In its inaugural episode, that element is Artificial Intelligence.
Having a clone to do all of your boring, banal, day-to-day tasks is something that many of us have wished upon, but with the developments of Artificial Intelligence, what if this could be possible? In Alice’s world, it already is. Alice, consumed by her trash television and her Candy Crush games, orders Robot Alice, a robot who looks like her and is programmed with all of her skills and memories. Now with a way to avoid awkward social events and work, she’s safe to stay couch-bound while Robot Alice takes care of everything for her.
Alice spirals further into her phone, even sending Robot Alice to her own birthday party. Her friends start asking for Robot Alice instead of actual Alice. It isn’t until Robot Alice starts dating Alice’s ex that she raises an eyebrow. Alice stays up to confront Robot Alice, but her anger subsides when Robot Alice has the same frustrations with Alice’s ex as Alice did, and invites her to watch television with her. Consumed by the program, Robot Alice ends up ordering a Robot Robot Alice.
Dunlap’s work can be interpreted in a number of ways. It provides an interesting commentary on how completely consumed we are with technology, specifically our phones, to the point of losing ourselves. It also serves as a comic relief to the scary developments that are being released about Artificial Intelligence. Most of all, though, it holds a satirical fun-house mirror to today’s society and the perceptions held about millennials.
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