Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Random: Two Bots in Conversation

Somebody put two chatbots (computers that are programmed to chat online and attempt to simulate a human's chat responses) into a conversation with each other.

It's awesome -- it almost hangs together, but not quite. Kind of like listening to a four-year-old tell jokes.

6 comments:

coryinkorea said...

Haha, I love the analogy of a toddler's joke. As for the video, what programming leads to the chatbot asking "What is God to you?" and then closing with French? .... I am a unicorn.

Rob-o-SE-yo said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatterbot

I think some of them are engines that learn by accumulation of responses from conversations with random humans (in which case smartasses screwing with the chatbot could pull up these kinds of random non-sequitur)... the god topic? I think I'd try to figure out what a chatbot had to say about god, being, and The Matrix, if I sat down to chat with one, too.

I'm no Picasso said...

.....Why are they so sassy? That was tense!

coryinkorea said...

So is a CNN tech editor a fan of yours or is this a wider story than I thought?
http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/innovation/08/30/chatbot.talk/index.html?iref=allsearch

Rob-o-SE-yo said...

that article was either linked by a twitter buddy, or it was linked on the sidebar of an article linked by a twitter buddy -- it gets harder to remember how one came across stories in these sns saturated times.

kushibo said...

Way back in 1990-something, when I was first sent back to Korea to teach GRE, I was taken aback when one of my students wanted to stop doing geometry and analogies and do "free talking."

I said no, of course, because this video is exactly what I imagined free talking would be like.