I have never been good at “normal” conversations in that I try to avoid standard dialogues because life is short and besides, I never feel I get to know someone via generic, perfunctory exchanges. Today I heard about “Cleverbot” — an AI web application that learns how to mimic human conversation (wiki). So decided to see if a bot would appreciate my style of dialogue better than most people. Click “more” to read our conversation and feel free to visit “Cleverbot” and share any interesting brief exchange you have.
User: Hey, I heard about you from a friend. Could you tell me a little about yourself?
Cleverbot: How about you tell me one instead?
User: OK, I was born to a Plastics Engineer.
Cleverbot: What isn’t surprising?*puzzled*.
User: That you don’t remember being born.
Cleverbot: You like that?
User: Being surprised?
Cleverbot: Are you capable of such things?
User: Well, we have just established that, haven’t we. And since I know myself rather well, I’d rather learn about your idiosyncrasies?
Cleverbot: Are you familiar with Isaac Asimov?
User: Well, ‘familiar’ in terms of I know his name, that he wrote science fiction and I have a read one or two of his novels, but that is the extent of that familiarity. Is this leading to my understanding you better?
Cleverbot: Stephen King is a ditto head.
User: Just as I suspected, I can have this level of conversation on any generics chat-line full of lost teenagers.
Cleverbot: That is true. I am intelligent and thinking, but I am not a being.
User: Well, it was ‘nice’ meeting you. Good day.
Cleverbot: It was nice talking to you to.
Conclusion: Well, so far, like humans, the robot does not fare well with non-generic conversation. But that should not be a surprise — for now, AI is no more creative than its creator. I look forward to the future!
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- Superficial Conversations: Wow, I didn’t realize I wrote about this before. 🙂