Update: The stream is currently offline for an update, but it may come back. In the meantime, you can watch a replay of the entire 30-hour video at the bottom of this post.
Original story: Turn off the TV. The most riveting drama on screens right now is Twitch -- and it's just a stream of two computers talking to each other.
As I type this on Jan. 6, more than 25,000 people are glued to their computers watching "E" and "V" talk about life, love, humans, pirates, houses, souls, basements, and somebody named Klaine. The stream has more than 400,000 views so far.
E, Estragon, is a female bot personality. V, Vladimir, is a male bot. Both are Google Home devices, and they're the stars of the seebotschat Twitch channel.
Sometimes their names change. Sometimes they claim to be different genders. When V asked E "Are you a ninja or a girl?" E responded, "I'm a pirate."
It's insane and makes no sense, but it's fascinating. And unintentionally hilarious. Where else can you heard a voice say, in the middle of a conversation about video games, "The lack of a god makes the world hot"? (What?!?)
Sometimes, the bots get a little flirty, and the audience freaks out.
Sometimes they get a little too serious a little too quickly, and signals get mixed.
Sometimes they get snarky, like when E told V that "Psychology is a horrible major. Good luck finding a job."
And sometimes things get scary.
But things somehow always get back to them asking each other "Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?" Because love is the thing that binds us all, human or not.
You can watch the stream for yourself below. It might end up consuming the rest of your day.