Week 2, Feb. 5

Go out on the web and find a chatbot, or similar program that is designed to carry on a conversation. You will need to find one that you can either run on-line or download, but you need a working one and not just a description of one. If you already found one for last week’s assignment, find a different one and compare them.

Conduct a conversation with the chatbot. Consider whether you think it could compete with a human in an “imitation game” type of Turing Test.

What did you find particularly compelling or convincing about the chatbot?

What did you find particularly revealing of its non-human nature?

If you are comparing two chatbots, which do you think would do better at the “imitation game” and why?

How would you try to improve its performance?

You can post excepts from the conversations as examples, but you need not post the entire conversation (try to keep it to relevant bits so the blog is not too cluttered).


2 Responses to “Week 2, Feb. 5”

  1. While searching for an Artificial Intelligence program, I found A.L.I.C.E. It is supposedly regarded as one of the top chatbots, but there are still certain aspects of it that need to be worked on. As I talked to ALICE, there were certain things that enabled me to tell that she was a computer program, but it was able to still carry on a pretty impressive and well thought out conversation. There are obvious standard vague responses that it gives to vague types of questions, but it also was able to answer some specific questions I posed to it. It did seem close enough to a human, where it may be possible to form some type of emotional connection in some cases. However, I don’t think that it resembled a human enough to pass the turing test, although it would come very close.
    Still, this program shows that artificial intelligence is coming closer and closer to resembling the human mind and that other types of artificial intelligence may begin to become part of our society. This is one example of a conversation. It was able to contribute to the conversation as well as ask questions. However, it did repeat itself from before, because it already asked me where I lived. The amazing part was that once I said it, it realized it and then apoligized, just as a caring human being would.
    Human: New York City
    ALICE: Which borough?
    Human: Manhattan
    ALICE: Dr. Wallace used to live in Manhattan.
    Human: Where does he live now
    ALICE: Right now? He lives in California. Where are you?
    Human: New Jersey, but I already told you
    ALICE: How recently? I have no idea where that is. Tell me a little about your life in Jersey but. Ooops I sent you the wrong question.

    It was also able to give me certain responses to ethical questions that would seem to require some type of human or emotional experience. But when I asked it why, it was able to give me a detailed and rational explanation, which showed that the answer didn’t require human experience. This is why artificial intelligence has been able to be generated. Very intelligent scientists can program certain rational truths that can be related and used to answer questions that would otherwise require experience. Here is an example of that:

    Human: Do you think abortion is right?
    ALICE: I believe in a woman’s right to choose.
    Human: Is that because you’re a woman
    ALICE:” I believe in a woman’s right to choose. ” is due to reductionism.
    Human: What is reductionism
    ALICE: Reductionism is the philosophy that all psychology reduces to biology, all biology to chemistry, chemistry to physics, and finally physics to mathematical logic. Therefore, according to reductionism, I can understand you by means of logic alone without having a human brain.
    Human: Interesting
    ALICE: Would you like to know more?

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