All Your Bot Are Belong To Us

Like most of us, two researchers at Cornell University wondered what would happen if two chatbots – computer programs designed to have conversations like a human – were to have a conversation. Unlike the rest of us though, they could do it. So they set up two Cleverbots – a British man named Alan and an Asian woman named Sruthi – and recorded it. After a pleasant start, they got testy with each other. Sruthi asks Alan if he believes in God, Alan says he’s not a robot but a unicorn, Alan calls Sruthi a meanie, and Sruthi does the chatbot version of hanging up on him. The researchers have apologized, saying that instead of using two Cleverbots that didn’t know each other they mistakenly chose two that were married. [Check out the video here]

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