Kristen, 33, is psyched to be joining Dora – a new cloud-based voice service. As chief evangelist her primary role is communicating, at conferences and workshops, Dora’s superiority to Alexa and Google Home. Pre-Dora, Kristen was working in VR, in Seattle. Her thesis was on the Internet Of Things. Her ten-year plan is to sync a woman’s Mooncup to her phone.
At her first hackathon she meets Luke, a fellow Virigina Tech alumni ten years her junior, also new to the UK. The next day they exchange jokey messages about London’s seemingly random street-numbering system, and Luke asks if he can get her advice on where to rent. Soon after, over iced coffees, they high-five their mutual love of Disney’s Wall-E. It’s weird to register that, for Luke, the movie is a high-school memory but at least the date (wait – was it a date?) provides Facetime fodder with her sister.
Whether it was it a date continues to plague Kristen. After a week of silence, she asks Dora, who replies, “It’s July twelfth.” Her sister says, “If you have to ask, it wasn’t”, prompting Kristen to consult the enemy. Alexa replies exasperatedly, “It can be whatever you want it to be.” The conclusion comes via Luke, who finally Whatsapps her a selfie from a Maida Vale mansion-block doorway. A tan female elbow is in shot. The caption reads, “Fell for this, cheers!!! (:”
Damn it. She didn’t even like him until the uncertainty crept in. But it gives Kristen an idea. Three years later she has seed-stage investment in Luc, a cloud based psychotherapy device which dispenses “emotional validation” (primarily observing that “It’s OK to experience uncertainty. It makes us human.”). The Smart Mooncup will have to wait.