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Are you a robot?

In General, Information, Internet on April 11, 2007 at 11:42 pm

Most of you will be familiar with “chat-bots”, “chatterbots” and the like as may be found on AIM, chat-rooms and the like. But although I was aware of their existence, I was unaware how much they could be found online until I read this article by Jason Striegel. I’ve never been a big fan of IM and chat-rooms (a case of personal preference), but I would like to think I’d be aware if I was talking to a robot or a real life person online.

How strange it is that people use such bots to imitate “real” conversations. Stranger still that many are unaware that they are talking to artificial intelligence…

Since the Internet has become popular, there has of course been criticism that people spend more time talking online than having real, face-to-face conversations. And it’s probably fair to say that when talking online, be it in chat rooms, via email or on IM, our conversations are stifled and somewhat artificial. There are no “umms” and “ahs”, no pauses, no change in vocal tone and little room for genuine expression. In Striegel’s article, he discusses how he was mistaken for a bot on AIM, and that even a chat-bot failed to recognize him as a human!

So I took the “Turing Test” on MrMind.com. And I’m starting to wish I hadn’t now… The “bot’s” responses made me realize more than ever how limited online conversation can be. If I didn’t know better, I’d say I could easily have been talking to a person! Perhaps the “LiveChat” with a supposed customer service representative wasn’t a human at all…

Try talking to a bot with this article in mind. It may be a striking revelation…

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