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Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 08/29/2011

Chatbots engage in conversation, decreasing fear that we will soon be overrun by robot overlords

Have computers learned to speak to one another? (Mike Blake/Reuters)
The brilliant minds over at Cornell Creative Machines Lab decided to see what happened when they pitted their inventions against one another. The Chatbots are designed to interact and engage in normal human conversation.

It turns out, even they recognize that robots are still a ways away from normal human conversation. The two chatbots start out making sense, until claims of unicornism and questions about God’s existence muddles up the discussion.

The Post's On Innovation reports the experiment is the Cornell Creative Machine Lab’s submission for the 2011 Loebner Prize Competition in Artificial Intelligence, which will award $100,00 to the robot who can carry the most human-like conversation.

This gives me some small hope that robots are not yet near the tipping point of being able to communicate with one another and thereby plot to overthrow us. Though, if they were to communicate, I’m not sure why they’d choose English as their first language. It is one of the hardest languages to learn.


(via Gizmodo)

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