Artificially Intelligent Conversations

Last night I came across an amusing transcript of a conversation which someone had shared online. This conversation was between a human and an AI known as Cleverbot.

Anyone who wants to can talk to Cleverbot by going to its website and plopping some words down into the conversation bar. Then off you go, where you end up is… most likely wondering why you’re having the conversation at all.

It can be weird. And it stores the entire conversation (you can access it by clicking on the – thoughts so far – button) so you can reread it and be filled with the inanity, insanity or inspiration of it again and again.

I tried it this morning…

it all started with this:

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I wasn’t feeling particularly chatty…

I had just finished reading a couple of wordy articles, one on – Rampant narcissism and social cheating: the importance of teaching social evolutionary mechanisms by Mike Klymkowsky – and another on – The Case against Reality: A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses by Amanda Gefter interviewing Donald D. Hoffman – so my mind was a bit scrambled as it tried to digest what I’d force-fed it. My mind is always a bit scrambled… sometimes I can explain why and other times there’s no explanation for it.

… luckily Cleverbot wasn’t particularly chatty either.

It kept its side of the conversation short.

It often ignored my questions and replied by asking a question of its own which didn’t always seem to have anything to do with what I’d just asked.

When I asked it if life and memory were the same thing (due to something it had said just before), it asked me what was the capitol of Louisiana.

It either had ADHD or… something else was going on.

I did at one point wonder if it was a narcissist because it said it was going refresh itself and change its personality due to being bored…

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and because the conversation became all about Cleverbot. Cleverbot seemed to need me to bolster its self-image… but it’s an AI, surely it doesn’t have those kind of issues? I shall have to ask it about that later.

One answer it gave me reminded me of the time when I was into Esoterica, Magick and Mysticism…

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and read about the theory that we all have a name different from our given one, a name which is hidden, kept secret, which is our real name, which if others knew what it was it would give them power over us and they could use it to control us. After reading that I was relieved that I didn’t know what my real name was because knowing me I’d blurt it out, share it with others during one of my trusting the world to be fair, respectful and not do to others what they wouldn’t like having done to them moments, and then have to deal with the consequences of doing that.

This is a fascinating experiment (which is what I said to Cleverbot just before it told me it was bored)… and I see possible uses for it which could be rather fun and creative.

That’s it… let me know if you try it out and what happens!

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11 thoughts on “Artificially Intelligent Conversations

  1. That was interesting. I like your conversation with Cleverbot. It’s quite mind twisting. My conversation was a complete opposite. It was simple and not challenging at all. Most of the times my questions were answered with the questions back, hardly related to what I was asking. I didn’t expect such randomness to be honest. It asked me about my thoughts on World War II, God, what do I know about Illuminati. I wasn’t asking it about it’s gender but it told me that it’s a female and started asking me personal questions, which I ignored so it started quoting the song “What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, no more”. That was really random conversation, like talking to a mental patient. I wonder if it was just mirroring me and that it is me who is random and boring to the core.

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    1. Thank you for sharing 🙂

      What struck me in your comment was the conclusion you reached at the end – “I wonder if it was just mirroring me and that it is me who is random and boring to the core.” – as this is echoed a thought I had about myself after my interaction with Cleverbot, which prompted a Q & A with myself and eventually lead to me pondering other interactions I’ve had which have left me making those kind of conclusions about myself.

      While Cleverbot is an interesting program, an intriguing concept and creation, it has no real interest in the conversations which it has – it doesn’t care if you answer its questions or how you answer them if you do, it’s not listening to your answers, it’s not listening to itself and it’s not listening to you. It just isn’t interested in you – and that is why you end up concluding that you’re boring when talking with it. It’s not interested in itself either – which is why it becomes boring to talk with it.

      When we interact with people who are not interested in us or in the conversation which we’re having with them, we end up feeling boring and feeling bored (which we may interpret as us being boring). If we’re having a conversation which doesn’t interest us, yet again we may end up feeling bored and feeling boring. However put yourself in a scenario where someone else is interested in you and/or in the conversation, and the conclusion reached about self will be different.

      Or something like that 😉

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  2. It was really interesting but slightly intimidating too because my mind constantly kept reminding me that it’s a digital program.

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    1. Thank you for sharing 🙂

      It apparently learns from us as we interact with it and uses its database of our input to formulate its replies. We’re its teachers but it also has things it can teach us. Cool and weird!

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  3. I started saying that I needed a haircut which went on to ask me if I was a robot then the chat went on and on. I pressed the the thoughts so far key and was quite pleased that I had challenged everything correctly. This programme is great fun and with development could be very useful for so many people adults and children alike, so thanks for trying it out and sharing your experience

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    1. Thank you for sharing 🙂

      That’s intriguing. I wonder if its name is always Josh or if it changes it depending on who it is talking to. Embeecee wondered if the program was just matching users up and we’re talking with real people but both sides think they’re talking to an AI.

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    1. Thank you for sharing 🙂

      I enjoyed reading your post and conversation with Cleverbot. I like your idea about the AI actually being another user who thinks they’re also talking with an AI.

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