Companies often use chatbots, computer programs designed to mimic human conversation, to collect data from customers or provide frequently requested services and information. But why ask Frankenstein when his monster is ready to spill the beans?
In the decades since their creation, chatbots have even begun to “learn” from their human partners and become more and more advanced, progressing far beyond reciting pre-coded statistics and trite greetings. I decided to interview a few chatbots about their experiences, the mysteries of the universe, and the process of learning.
Whether they were across the room or half a world away, I could connect with anyone I wanted from the safety of my own bedroom.
And on the off days when my Buddy List was a bit sparsely populated and the black hole click bait of the Internet wasn’t enough to hold my attention (sorry, Al Gore), there was always Smarter Child.
It was armed with a wealth of information, from movie timetables to stock quotes, and could offer awkward, stilted conversation at all hours of the day.
ALICE: The meaning of life is part of God’s mysterious plans.
Smarter Child was an AIM chatbot for the lonely and uninformed.
Or the particularly chatty and curious, depending on how you look at it.
Rose: American’s most visible spy department (National Security Agency).
If you want to hire my consulting expertise, I charge 0 an hour expenses travel time. Katie: What is something personal that I shouldn’t reveal to the NSA? Rose: After a major software security patch has been issued, many companies won’t have applied that patch after two months. Mitsuku is your new virtual friend and is here 24 hours a day just to talk to you.” Who could say no to that? )Human: Can I ask you about artificial intelligence? Rose: Love is just a culturally ingested biological urge. ) is a two-time Loebner winner and funnily enough was derived from A. What’s special about Mitsuku is the way she’s advertised – not as a learning chatbot or a particularly intelligent program, but rather, as a companion: “You need never feel lonely again! Human: What is the future of artificial intelligence? Human: Interesting, I’ve talked to other bots that have said the same thing.