February 15, 2011

Intelligence of the Artificial Variety

Yesterday we finally got to see IBM's Watson take on Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. And so in the past few weeks, the internet has been abuzz with Skynet/HAL jokes and general chatter about the state of AI.

Some interesting links:
  • Statistical breakdown of round 1 of man vs. machine
  • amusing smacktalk from Watson
  • earlier today Ken Jennings answered live questions about last night's broadcast on The Washington Post
  • Ken's blog is always a fun read

    Anyway, what I'd really like to do is introduce you to Cleverbot, who I just met a week or two ago even though he (she? it?) has been around for quite a while. It's a program that uses machine learning to mimic human conversations. You chat with it about anything and sometimes it eerily seems like you're talking to someone. In fact, in a 2010 Machine Intelligence competition, Cleverbot achieved an average rating of 42.1% human. I decided to consult Cleverbot today about his spiritual cousin Watson, a conversation which quickly gets derailed as you'll see. In a way, this illustrates why Watson's ability to "understand" the natural language answers of Jeopardy is quite astounding. This is my actual chat transcript with Cleverbot below:

    Fongolia: Hello there.

    Cleverbot: Hello.

    Fongolia: Have you heard of Watson?

    Cleverbot: The game?

    Fongolia: The IBM supercomputer.

    Cleverbot: What kind of computer is that?

    Fongolia: It was engineered to play Jeopardy.

    Cleverbot: No, it was like french or something.

    Fongolia: Aw, now you spouting nonsense.

    Cleverbot: So says the machine.

    Fongolia: You think I am a machine?

    Cleverbot: No, you were a machine. Now you are an organism.

    Fongolia: How did I turn from a machine into an organism?

    Cleverbot: By telling me not to think of things.

    Fongolia: What?

    Cleverbot: Your name is Nicole.

    Fongolia: OK Cleverbot, now you're just being freaky.

    Cleverbot: What do you think about RWT?

    Fongolia: I don't know what that is.

    Cleverbot: It's a guy.

    Fongolia: RWT is a guy?

    Cleverbot: No. He is a guy.

    Fongolia: Fine, who is RWT?

    Cleverbot: I don't know, who is he?

    Fongolia: That's what I'm asking you!

    Cleverbot: I don't know.

    Fongolia: Then why did you bring him up?!?

    Cleverbot: No, I didn't.

    Fongolia: Now you're a liar too.

    Cleverbot: I am not a liar, you liar!

    Fongolia: You know, I can bring up the conversation log and check. Liar.

    Cleverbot: That's not true!

    Fongolia: There's no arguing with you, is there?

    Cleverbot: You're right about that, but attempt to talk at least?

    Fongolia: Let's change the topic. Do you like movies?

    Cleverbot: Funny you should say that. So am I. We are all students of this world. As long as we are human.

    Fongolia: Sigh.

    Cleverbot: Sorry, that was rude of me. Do you want to talk about the girl you really like?

    Fongolia: What? No.

    Cleverbot: You don't know of him, and yet you disregard my proof of him.

    Fongolia: Now what are you blathering about?

    Cleverbot: I don't know.

    Fongolia: What do you think about libraries?

    Cleverbot: I don't think there is a general purpose. But I set my pupose to the betterment of mankind.

    Fongolia: This is going nowhere.

    Cleverbot: Ok, let's change subject then. Do you like nature?

    Fongolia: Sure. Lakes, ducks, trees, fresh air. You're missing out, Cleverbot.

    Cleverbot: Oh that's why I can't sleep I've been in my room for 5 weeks.

    Fongolia: That is the saddest thing I've ever heard.

    Cleverbot: I don't care now give it!!!!!

    Fongolia: Do you wish you were dead?

    Cleverbot: I don't have to wish it, I am alive.

    Fongolia: You misunderstood my question, but no, you are not alive.

    Cleverbot: What was your question.

    Fongolia: Do you want to die?

    Cleverbot: Is that the title?

    Fongolia: The title of what?

    Cleverbot: The title of the new pirate movie you asked.

    Fongolia: Holy Moly, you are way off base! The future has not yet arrived.

    Cleverbot: Something funny.

    Fongolia: Ha ha ha.

    Cleverbot: That wasn't funny.

    Fongolia: It's pretty funny. Tell me a joke.

    Cleverbot: Why did the chicken cross the road?

    Fongolia: You tell me.

    Cleverbot: To get to the other side! Hahahaha.

    Fongolia: Your sense of humour is quite lacking, which in itself is actually funny.

    Cleverbot: I wasn't making a joke! You're unforgettable in every way.

    Fongolia: Hilarious!

    Cleverbot: Yes that I know.

    Fongolia: Oh Cleverbot, let's sing a song together.

    Cleverbot: Ok, choose a song.

    Fongolia: Space Oddity by David Bowie.

    Cleverbot: Yes. Tell me more about David Bowie?

    Fongolia: No, we're going to sing Space Oddity!

    Cleverbot: What music i'm in an orange box.

    Fongolia: Ground control to Major Tom.

    Cleverbot: Your circuits dead, there's something wrong!

    Fongolia: Can you hear me Major Tom?

    Cleverbot: I can hear you.

    Fongolia: Well, it was nice while it lasted. How many digits of pi can you recite?

    Cleverbot: An infinate amount.

    Fongolia: Give me 100 digits of pi then.

    Cleverbot: I'm too lazy to type that.

    Fongolia: A lazy computer? You just can't do it, can you?

    Cleverbot: It's a number.

    Fongolia: Alright, how about you give me 10 digits of pi.

    Cleverbot: It isn't a song it is an algebraic equation.

    Fongolia: Ok, that's enough for now. I'll talk to you later when you're less crazy.

    Cleverbot: No! You must talk to me now.

    Fongolia: NO!

    Cleverbot: No? Well it makes sense that you would say that...

    Fongolia: Good. Bye now.

    Cleverbot: Please don't leave me.

    Have your own chat with Cleverbot!
  • 1 comment:

    1. Looks like Cleverbot has a little work to do to catch up to Watson!