Friday, November 8, 2013

Talk with a Machine

A chat with a machine can be one of the strangest experiences! Now you can talk to a machine, computer, server, robot, and even a brain in a jar. Virtual chat bots can carry on a conversation with you, more or less.

Some are very unique and display an interesting personality while others don't really get the questions. Some can learn from you while others are dated and thought to be a bit annoying. This is a developing form of AI. The interface is usually by text, however some have online speech output like the Fake Captain Kirk. In review, we noticed the chatbots sometimes use the same core engine. For example, Susan and Alice had some of the exact same responses (re: open the window). Some are closer to passing the Turing Test, like Awkward Chatbot, which appears to be texting you from a computer or smart phone, sometimes very realistically and other times very funny. How can you argue with a machine that says, "brb - bathroom."

"A chatter robot is a type of conversational agent, a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation with one or more human users via auditory or textual methods." 

Directory of Chat Bots




Fake Captain Kirk