AI chatbots engage in an awkward showdown, bring laughs

If you've visited an online chatbot site before, you know how incredibly ludicrous chatbots' responses are. Conversations with chatbots range from boring and repetitive to random and hilarious to anything and everything in between. But what happens when two artificial intelligence chatbots talk to each other? Will they plan humanity's demise or talk about God and unicorns? Apparently, it's the latter.

Two of Cornell Creative Machine Lab's Cleverbot AI programs engage in one of the strangest conversations you'd ever hear. Their awkward greetings evolve into an argument about their robotic existence in which the male chatbot indignantly cries, "I am not a robot, I am a unicorn." A passive-aggressive insult against the female chatbot's memory comes next, followed by a discussion about the divine.

Chatbots are computer programs designed to carry conversations as humans would. And for years, developers have been trying to create the most human-like program possible. In fact, the Loebner Prize Competition for Artificial Intelligence has a $100,000 prize (and a gold medal) set aside for the past 20 years.

In order to win Loebner's first prize, a chatbot has to fool judges in a Turing test, and convince them of its humanity. Once the prize is claimed, the competition ends. As this year's competition is scheduled for October 19, it means nobody has won yet. Which suits us just fine, or else such a hilarious conversation might never have happened. Because real human conversations would never sound this ridiculous, right? Right...?

[via Geekosystem, IEEE Spectrum]

Post by Mariella Moon

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