Two Chatbots Talk With Each Other, Awkward Hilarity EnsuesAs many of you are likely aware, a chatbot is a computer program designed to emulate a human in a conversation. They have no other goal than to generate natural responses, and are sometimes used to attempt a Turing Test where a computer successfully tricks a human into thinking that it is a human as well. That's all well and good, but some folks over at the Cornell Creative Machines Lab wondered what would happen when you let two computers designed to sound human talk with each other. At first, the results seem nothing more than awkwardly funny. The two bots snipe at each other, throw out a few non sequiturs, and generally fumble their way through the conversation. Without the anchor of a human to talk to, the bots seem lost and adrift, desperately looking for something on which to cling. That's when it got a little spooky for me since I realized that in thinking in those terms I was anthropomorphizing these talking AI programs. Furthermore, I noticed that I was assigning personalities to them: The "man" on the left seemed arrogant and smarmy, while the "woman" on the right seemed snippy and defensive. Maybe these chatbots are better than I thought. Read on after the break for a video of AI conversational feedback.Read on...
Wanted: AI That Makes Cars Crash, Without Crashing'Cause if it crashed all the time, it wouldn't be of much use as a computer program, amirite? ... OK, I'll go turn in my wordplay badge. Researchers at the University of Wuerzberg have held yearly competitions for the best car racing AI since 2008. This year, they are also challenging their contestants to a slightly different kind of contest: Demolition Derby.Read on...
Second Life Founder Working on Sentient, Dreaming AI
Since founding Second Life, Philip Rosedale has moved on: he currently runs LoveMachine, a company that describes itself as "a team of people using disruptive technologies to very rapidly build things that can make money and have a shot at saving the world." Case in point: they're currently working on a project to simulate a functional, virtual brain that manifests itself as a sentient artificial intelligence in the world of Second Life, and even dreams.Read on...