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 Dvice.com 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.