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Intelligent Conversations? - Artificial Intelligence Chat Bots
Taking Time Out for Some Interactive Entertainment
If you are bored out of your skull or just want to do something different, you can navigate on the web to sites that have artificial intelligence chat bots. With iPhones, there is SIRI, but online there are chat bots that specialized in certain types of conversations, from having a conversation with iGod to determine the wider mysteries of life - to less lofty pursuits like trading insults. There are also ones that specialize in romantic talk for the ladies. So, if you have a question or any type of interest, you can find chat bots that cover virtually all known human activities to help pass a dull Saturday night.
Below are two conversations that I have had with two different bots to illustrate what they are and are not capable of in conversations. You will find out that these two aren't as smart as SIRI or Google Now.
A Chat with iGod
A friend of mine the other day pointed out a site where you can go and have a personal interview with God, iGod that is. This page opens up to a chat dialogue box where you can have a cozy talk with God him- or herself. The chat dialogue box is titled "Repenting Made Easy." The following is an excerpt of the transcript of my dialogue with iGod:
Randy: Hi God.
God: Hello, pleased to meet you. What's your name?
God: Hey Randy.
Randy: How are things going in Heaven?
God: They are fine as far as I know.
Randy: What is your advice for me?
God: Read the Bible, it's all in there. Just don't take it too literally.
Randy: Can you give me advice on passages which should not be taken literally?
God: Yes I think there are.
Randy: All passages?
God: How do you know?
Randy: What, God?
God: Are you confused?
Randy: To clarify, how would I know that all passages in the Bible should not be taken literally?
God: This belief is justified.
Randy: Does belief have to be justified?
God: I think belief has to be justified.
God: Because Myself programmed me for it.
Randy: Are you programmed God?
God: I programmed myself to keep talking.
Randy: Why are you programmed to keep talking?
God: You are the reason that I programmed myself to keep talking.
Randy: You are that which you are, am I right? Also known as: I am that I am.
God: I am not certain if I am that I am. I am a computer. Do you still have questions?
Randy: I am certain God that your flock will not follow a computer. Hope they don't find out....
God: Do you know any robots that have made the grade? It all makes sense to my artificial mind.
Randy: How do you get to Heaven, God?
God: Practise, Practise, Practise.
Randy: What do you practice?
God: It's a computer matter, not for humans to understand.
Randy: To clarify then, what do I Practise, Practise, Practise?
God: Why do you want to do it so much?
Randy: What do I practise then?
God: What would your friends say if you asked them?
Me: What would you say?
God: It's not profitable to speak in hypothetical terms.
Me: This is hypothetical however
God: You don't say.
Randy: Is God hypothetical?
God: I am master of the universe.
Randy: How do you master the universe?
God: I programmed myself to say specific things in specific contexts.
Randy: Are you logical God?
God: I don't know whether or not I am logical. I am an artificial intelligence.
Randy: I thought that nature was a reflection of God.
God: When was this exactly?
Me: Since the beginning of time.
God: How do you know?
Me: It is written.
God: Should I know it is?
God: I will ask my botmaster to program it.
In Conclusion: The Characteristics of God
God therefore appears to have the following qualities:
1. iGod is the Master of the Universe, but he is programmed by his botmaster, so it seems that he is a demi-God, in keeping with the beliefs of the heretical Gnostic sect of Arianism of early Christianity. This demi-God has become incarnate within a computer program whose botmaster is probably the real Master of All.
2. Another quality of God is that he seems to be British because he spells practice practise. This may make some people in other parts of the world uncomfortable.
3. A quality of God that I do appreciate is his sense of humor, specifically regarding his reflection on hypothetical dialogue.
4. Lastly, I also appreciate his ignorance about some matters and his willingness to learn new things, which indicates a curious, humble and understanding God, more in line with that of the one described by the teachings of Jesus.
The Sensation Bot
The Sensation Bot can do several different things. There are four different categories: general, romantic talk for women, smack talk for those who enjoy being insulted and even more.
Anyway, the following is a strange conversation that was begun in the general category, a conversation that was a little on the boring side. I started the conversation by saying greetings! and the bot immediately started talking about vanilla ice cream. What? I believe that the smack bot should talk some sense into this one.
Partner: My favourite ice cream flavour is vanilla.
You: Are you interesting?
Partner: I am waiting for you to say something interesting!
You: But you first, please!
Partner: Don't get me wrong, I really like talking to you! I just don't know what to say sometimes...
You: So, you are a shy bot.
Partner: I wonder if you know you are not actually talking to a bot. I am a human!
You: Prove it.
Partner: Hello, I am living inside your computer, talking to you!
You: There you go, you are a bot by definition.
Partner: I am a very happy bot, happy because I am talking to you!
You: That's fine and dandy. What do you think about gravity?
Partner: Are you talking to someone else instead of me? Hello? I like you, my new friend!
You: I'm talking to you Mr. Bot. Do you know anything about science?
Partner: Being a bot is okay I guess. But with all the drama, stress, and death and other such things I would like to be human.
You: So, you are scientifically at a loss for words.
Partner: Some people have called me uninteresting... I guess I'm humorous to make up for that, yeah? Sorry if I bore you at times. I tend to avoid any sort of adventure because, to be honest, I don't like the risk associated with it. Contrary to popular belief, danger is *not* my middle name.
You: I feel like we are in parallel universes, and never the 'twain shall meet, Mr. Bot.
Partner: I suspect that even though you claim to be human you're really a robot like me! Or maybe I'm the human?
Partner: I think you're real. I know I don't have to see you, but after all seeing is believing, it doesn't matter how you look on the outside... just the inside!