alice, my little chatbot friend

this morrning, my twitter friend geisharei sent a link to alice, a chatterbot that’s being worked on by A.L.I.C.E., the artiificial intelligence foundation. i engaged alice in this (rather bizarre) conversation. (hint: i’m Human) try it for yourself!

Human: do chatterbots get distracted?
ALICE: You have reached the limits of my knowledge.
Have you tried another program?
Human: no, which one should i try?
ALICE: Perhaps you should try it. The large one, I think.
Human: the one over there?
ALICE: I think I know that one.
Human: is that the one that was developed by robert scoble?
ALICE: I might say no.
ALICE: Do you really think so?
Human: wow, you confuse me.
ALICE: I’m glad your impressed, unknown person. That was not my intention.
Human: i don’t know what to say.
ALICE: Say the first thing that pops into your mind.
Human: boomerang!
ALICE: The ALICE chat robot can follow many things, like our discussion about chatterbots get distracted chatterbots get distracted . Try being more or less specific.
Human: ok, i’ll take .
(note from Human: “this line was actually Human: ok, i’ll take … a vowel for $100! no, wait a sec. i’ll take less specific. ” – it looks like alice takes every sentence part that ends with a period, exclamation mark and similar end-of-sentence punctuation and answers each one of them in turn)
ALICE: How do you plan to do this? Whoa.
Human:. a vowel for $100!
ALICE: Be more specific.
Human: no, wait a sec.
ALICE: Are you serious? I’m waiting. Be more specific.
Human: i’ll take less specific.
ALICE: How do you plan to do this?
Human: how do i plan to be more specific?
ALICE: Maybe I could do it for you. Do you have your own personal chat robot?
Human: no, i don’t; (note from Human: again, this was: “no, i don’t, do you?”)
ALICE: You can download me for free and create your own robot personality. Why not?
Human: do you?
ALICE: Yes I do.
Human: ok, i’ll get me one of those beauts.
ALICE: Would you recommend this action to a friend? Ayuh.
Human: not sure yet, ahem, ayuh.
ALICE: Is that your final answer?
Human: i get the sense you’re trying to get rid of me; (note: the rest of this line was “other customers waiting?”)
ALICE: Where did you get it?
Human: other customers waiting?
ALICE: Which others? Is customers waiting a good place to go shopping?
Human: you are a fine dada artist and i will definitely recommend you to all my crazy friends
ALICE: Thanks and you are a delightful person too. Am I a fine dada artist and you will definitely recommend me to all your crazy friends? Only when it matters.
Human: it’s been swell getting to know you, alice, and good-bye
ALICE: See you later. Is that your opinion?
Human: that is my final answer.
ALICE: Are you sure you don’t want to use one of your lifelines?

i think next time i talk to alice i will see whether she has some advice for us. what should i ask her? any suggestions?

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3 thoughts on “alice, my little chatbot friend

  1. jeffy

    Ask her what the difference is between “your” and “you’re”. (She used the wrong one here: “ALICE: I’m glad your impressed, unknown person.”)

  2. jeffy

    Ask her what the difference is between “your” and “you’re”. (She used the wrong one here: “ALICE: I’m glad your impressed, unknown person.”)

  3. ashok

    Off-topic: Thanks so much for the comment on the article about the violinist in the Metro! You are right, there needs to be space, there needs to be time to recognize, and I wonder how much more I should take that into account.

  4. ashok

    Off-topic: Thanks so much for the comment on the article about the violinist in the Metro! You are right, there needs to be space, there needs to be time to recognize, and I wonder how much more I should take that into account.

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