This Carl Sagan Chatbot Is Surprisingly Annoying

Just in time for what would have been Carl Sagan's 80th birthday, a pair of developers have put together a chatbot version of the famous scientist. It's set up as a chat therapy session — but you'll probably leave the conversation brimming with existential angst. » 11/11/14 12:30pm 11/11/14 12:30pm

Why The Turing Test Is Bullshit

As many reported yesterday, a chatbot has passed the Turing Test, though under some very convenient conditions. The announcement has led some to declare that the age of AI is finally here, but that's nonsense. Here's why the Turing Test is a very poor way of measuring machine intelligence. » 6/09/14 11:05am 6/09/14 11:05am

Robot-denying telemarketing robot may not actually be a robot

Remember that super-realistic telemarketing chatbot who denies she's a robot? Turns out "Samantha West" may not a robot after all — but the real story is just as bizarre. » 12/18/13 6:40am 12/18/13 6:40am

Sophisticated chatbot poses as teenage girl to lure pedophiles

Spanish researchers have developed an advanced — and extremely convincing — chatbot that poses as a 14-year-old girl. Called Negobot, the system will help authorities detect sexual predators in chatrooms and social networks. » 7/11/13 8:40am 7/11/13 8:40am

A chatbot's hilariously nonsensical script has been turned into a short…

A few weeks ago we predicted that the day is fast approaching when a machine will be able to write a scifi novel or a short story. Well, despite the short film presented here, we're still sticking to that prognostication — though it's now painfully clear that we're going to have to wait a while before an AI can… » 2/08/13 6:30am 2/08/13 6:30am

10 Tricks That Chatbots Use to Make You Believe They're Human

Chatbots can convince you of remarkable things — like the necessity of clicking a link or giving away your credit card number. Mostly, though, they just want to make you believe that they're real breathing humans. And the creators of chatbot programs work hard to compensate for their lack of soul or independent will. » 4/13/12 10:02am 4/13/12 10:02am

Scientists force two chatbots to have a conversation, prove that Skynet…

Researchers at Cornell's Creative Machines Lab thought it would be entertaining to allow Cleverbot — a program that's designed to imitate and accurately respond to human voices — to have a conversation with itself. » 8/29/11 12:40pm 8/29/11 12:40pm