Dropping Science: Chatbot Meets Chatbot, Confusion Ensues

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Most of us are familiar with the concept of a chatbot. It’s basically a piece of software designed to listen to questions and generate┬áplausibly “human” answers from a set of pre-assigned responses. Much like the famous man vs machine Chessbot contests, Chatbot designers are always striving to create a bot that is able to pass as human.

By adding enough variables it’s possible to create bots that can put on a pretty good show of answering anything a human can throw at it. This of course leads to the question of what happens when you point two such dark mirrors at one another. Well, some folks at Cornell Creative Machines Lab┬ádecided to put it to the test and it turns out that the result is a mixture of philosophy, petulance and unicorns…yes, unicorns.

The Cylon war is still a ways off, I fear.

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  • Lee Ravitz September 4, 2011  

    Still failing the Turing Test, eh?

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