Whether they were across the room or half a world away, I could connect with anyone I wanted from the safety of my own bedroom.
judge: If a tree falls in the woods but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? judge: If a bot generates an answer but there is no Turing test to judge it, did it speak at all? Katie: Can I ask you some questions about artificial intelligence? In fact, Rose’s voice is convincing enough that I think of her as “she” rather than “it.” And “she” is a sass monster. Here, I’m “judge.” I decided to start us off slow and simple.judge: What is the meaning of life? ALICE: The meaning of life is part of God’s mysterious plans. Humanity: 9Intelligence: 7Mitsuku, a terrifyingly rendered 18-year-old anime character from Leeds, is next. E., who, spoiler alert, does indeed pale in comparison. It’s unsurprising that Rose took home the Loebner Prize in 2015. Yo mama’s so fat, when she gets on the scale it says we don’t do livestock. Mitsuku: Yes and you saying, “She wasn’t very realistic.” to me was mean as well. although a lot of people are working very hard to make it exist. Katie: What is the future of artificial intelligence? Rose: That’s a great question but I’m not going to answer it. Like ALICE, Rose responds to user cues – but her coding is more advanced. People are getting used to using Natural Language as a way to access information. This is leaps and bounds better than whatever rabbit hole ALICE and I were headed down. Rose: If you create a real intelligence in a box, one with self awareness, then treat it like a slave, chances are it’ll want to escape and then maybe turn on you. For example: Learn the Sun is hot Learn London is in England and I can learn that way too. Cleverbot is an interesting case because it relies entirely on crowdsourcing. Finally, if I don’t learn what you want, you can also say LEARN and then whatever you want me to learn. Humanity: 7Intelligence: 7I like to think I saved the best for last. It was armed with a wealth of information, from movie timetables to stock quotes, and could offer awkward, stilted conversation at all hours of the day. It would correct your grammar, scold you for foul language, and help you waste your time on mastering 1337 speak and stealthily poaching the neighbors’ Wi-Fi.