Absent any real technical prowess (and without wanting to pester my pal Zach, who’s done some super interesting conceptual work around IM/chat and bots), and without trying to inflate the importance of what I did any further: What happened was one Saturday night I sat down and started copying/pasting the responses of one sexbot into the window of the other to see if we could spark some fireworks — a lot of which is what you can read there. I wish I had a better answer than “I honestly don’t know” — which I totally can say while looking you straight in the eyes! The most interesting part for me was learning that AIM sexbots are set up to try and tell a complete and compelling story.
SYNTAX ERROR), which I still think is basically the height of computercomedy 30 years later.
In most cases, it’s friendly aspiring indie game devs who want to get me excited about what they’re making, and in a bunch of other cases it’s really lonely, emotionally needy sexbots.
So, I have a pretty unfortunate pattern of blithely agreeing to everything without really thinking through the ramifications, and this extends into me accepting basically any i Message chat request that blips up on my screen.
It simulated the experience of speaking to a therapist by responding to specific words and phrases, and represented a significant step forward in the evolution of human-like AI.
But while some of ELIZA's "patients" took it for human, there were limits to the power of its engagement.