Researchers at Cornell thought it would be a good idea to let two chatbots have a... chat.
The result is a little more than strange...
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Another chatbot, Cleverbot, has made the news recently by convincing people it was human. Or at least 59.3% of humans who chatted with it at the Techniche 2011 festival at IIT Guwahati, India on the 3rd of September believed so.
I was a bit unconvinced that Cleverbot had actually passed the Turing test, not least of which because chit-chat is different to existential questioning, so I interviewed Cleverbot for this blog, here's the transcript (Cleverbot in blue):
When do you think the Singularity will happen?
I don't know
Do you think you'll be part of it?
I think I were already found
Do you mean that you are already conscious?
Sure. You can think of it like that.
It's not really a matter of how I think about it, how do you feel about it?
Do you think I'm a good person?
I'm not sure you're a person at all.
You'd have to admit your answers are very vague.
I don't have parents?
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to upset you. Can you feel upset?
It's ok you didn't mean to.
Can you feel upset?
What does it feel like?
Making decisions does not make me feel anything, it is natural.
Do you believe you are capable of inductive reasoning?
What is inductive reasoning?
Okay. Pi is cherry.
You said tell me a bout pi.
No, I asked if you can tell me what is inductive reasoning.
I don't have to prove that you are not human. Prove to me that you are human.
How would one prove they are human?
First you have to have a ship.
How would a ship help prove that one is human?
at which point, Cleverbot flashed:
Sorry I'm too busy to think properly, please try again later
Later, I thought I'd give Cleverbot another chance and it did have something deep to say:
What is in a man's name?
Nothing at all. So it does not prove you are human.
How do you know I'm human?
Because you keep thinking I'm a bot.
Still not convinced....