Since the scammers had already sent some stock photos of some girl, I’d ask them to send me a pic of the same girl holding up a piece of paper with my email address, or name, or a random keyword I’d provide, written upon it. I said 'hello.' and you responded by saying 'apple? Sbaitso, which I'm sure would be very familiar to many Radio Lab listeners. Sbaitso was a DOS program distributed with Sound Blaster. SBAITSO = "Sound Blaster Acting Intelligent Text to Speech Operator". The program was meant to showcase primitive text-to-speech, and so it was somewhat like a talking ELIZA. That would require actually having the girl take a picture FOR ME. It was good fun back then -- a nice break from Norton Commander, ya' know? The "Loebner Prize" is also a ridiculous joke, a pantomime put on for gullible journalists. I don't for a minute think that the foreign "fake girls" operators are using AI or Clever Bot clones.
Indeed, we create a species-wide portrait that illustrates broadly the same ugliness we create individually when we mistreat animals, terrorize children and gaslight our spouses. Now, their pessimism may prove justified, but if history is any guide I wouldn't bet on it. Further reading: Brian Christian, The reason to be nice to robots is that we intuitively know that we destroy ourselves if we practice cruelty - even simulated cruelty. User: I know and I also do machine learning, so basically I can code you. don't dub over what the person is saying with a two sentence summary, just let them say the damn thing; its why i'm listening to an interview Remember vitalism? Also, when we create something like Cleverbot that learns based on its interactions and then allow mean spirited people teach it to be mean & nonsensical, we destroy it. Vitalism, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a doctrine that the functions of a living organism are due to a vital principle distinct from biochemical reactions a doctrine that the processes of life are not explicable by the laws of physics and chemistry alone and that life is in some part self-determining The first synthesis of an organic molecule put a big dent vitalism's popularity but clearly adherents are still easy to find. If Skynet is turned on, it really will look like Arnold: Cleverbot: Are you a woman? Let's connect, even if what's behind those eyes is a camera or a chip." couldn't be more true. I've been talking to Cleverbot to pass the time lately, and I can confirm that a lot of what it says is gibberish, but nonetheless I always rate it highly when the pop-up comes up just for the few times that it seems i'm talking to a person, because those few times are pretty incredible. These cons were trying a fast-track to getting money out of me. I've long had a theory that men's "theory of mind", their ability to make inferences about others' mental states, simply shuts down in the presence of an attractive woman, literally "object-ifying" her. Oddly, when I'd respond, like say, "Funny, you claim there are riots in your city, but a search of local and international news turns up nothing. Cleverbot: I just don't pay attention to what you're saying. Robert Epstein saw a photo of an attractive woman, and, temporarily without a theory of mind, didn't investigate whether this seemed like a real person until later. If you mirror back the best in people, they can thrive. I've been around people who have worked at the problem of Artificial Intelligence since the early 1970s, at John Mc Carthy's SAIL at Stanford University. And they should at least be willing to admit that their belief (that consciousness cannot be artificially manufactured) is completely non-rational. If you mirror back chaos and imply a projected ugliness, you destroy all things: people, animals and bots. I've had a forty-year career in the engineering of computing and communication machinery. Even the most illustrious researchers and investigators in the history of this work can't as much as agree about what "natural" intelligence is, much less how to mimic it with logical engines. I think the failure to create conscious computers stems from our poor understanding of the nature of consciousness. Anybody who doesn't know what DOS is will only be confused by that claim. What about "DOS was an early text-based operating system." You do such great work most of the time, but good grief, that was rough. the quote at the end, "And we've got our programming, which is that we'll stare anything right in the eyes and say 'Hey!