Two chatbots talk to each other: proof my friends that our future is dim

Consider this video a foray into artificial intelligence, or a crazy college experiment gone awry. Or maybe it’s just proof that even when men and women robots talk to each other things can get nasty. When my son brought this video to my attention I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But now having watched it numerous times I can assure you that if this is what the future holds were doomed.

Via  this little video was put together by Cornell University’s Creative Macine Labs as an experiment in artificial intelligence. According to the folks at Spectrum, Cornell University wanted find out what would happen if it asked 2 computers with artificial intelligence to talk to each other.

Cornell’s Creative Machines Lab decided to see what would happen if they put two chatbots face to virtual face and got them started talking to one another. Things didn’t go quite as crazy as might have been expected, but a fair amount of pointless argument, passive aggression, and random hilarity did ensue:


Spectrum goes on to say that Cornell will be entering this video in the 2011 Loebner Prize Competition in Artificial Intelligence that takes place on October 19th, which will award $100,000 to any entry that can carry on a conversation indistinguishable from a human. Follow the link to learn a little bit more.

As for me, I’m not sure if I see any difference between this man computer and this woman computer and a real human man and woman. Starts out fine, gets a little snarky, and then au revoir!  The only thing missing is he’s not out the cash for a couple drinks. If this is what the future holds, I’ll pass.

Oh, and by the way, I used my speech recognition software to write this post.  I’m not sure what that means, but I’m sure there is irony in this somewhere.

10 replies
  1. essneff
    essneff says:

    This sounded like my wife & I having?our nightly?dinner conversation…… I’m still laughing!!!

    OK, I guess you just had to be there!!?

  2. Lucinda
    Lucinda says:

    “Together we are robots.” “I am not a robot. I am a unicorn.” (A bit testy, ay?)
    “Not everything could also be something. For example, not everything could be half of something, which is still something, and therefore not nothing.” (A brilliant piece of logic!)

  3. rachel
    rachel says:

    Remember when communicating to the world in 140 characters or less was all the rage (Twitter) & then Anthony Weiner abused that privilege??
    Can you even begin to imagine what that weirdo would do with this technology?
    Faceless communication has already become the norm…I can’t stand the house phone, my cell phone, & forget about texting.? While I understand your legitimate need for voice recog software, Jim, so many people out there just use the technology because it’s ‘wicked cool & available’.? Who needs an admin asst. if they can just dictate to a machine?? I took 3 years of stenography…how’s that for a dead art?? Yeah, technology can bring awesome stuff to the table, but automation can (& does) lead to displaced workers.

  4. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    The female “bot”‘s belligerent tone of voice sounds just like some of the outsourced, customer service? techs I’ve had to deal with!

  5. RoBrDona
    RoBrDona says:

    I am immediately reminded of Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics … I wonder if we could get our elected officials to swear an oath to them, as they mostly seem to be artificially intelligent.

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