Interactive sex chat bot
It may seem paradoxical, but this shift away from humanity might be what finally allows chatbots to succeed.In 1966, long before Hoffer and his colleagues created Smarter Child, an MIT computer scientist named Joseph Weizenbaum published ELIZA, a program for mimicking human conversation.Still, the bots you’re seeing today don’t much resemble Smarter Child and its predecessors—or , for that matter.The news, weather, shopping, and customer service chatbots on Facebook Messenger don’t want to be your friend.“I wanted to have an intelligence you could talk to on the Internet that would become your best friend for life.”Beyond just holding a conversation, Smarter Child wanted to be useful, tapping into web services to provide sports scores, weather forecasts, stocks, and other info.Those ambitions make it an obvious precursor to today’s resurgence of chatbots, led by booming startups such as Slack and Kik, and attracting tech giants such as Facebook and Microsoft.
Users can prompt Eno to show them their account balance by sending the “bag of money” emoji or can confirm a payment through the “thumbs up” emoji.
Yet in the decades that followed, chatbot makers have built upon Weizenbaum’s model to strive for more human-like interactions.
Passing the Turing test has become a common goal, with contests such as the Loebner Prize set up to test new bots’ conversational skills against a panel of human judges.
The predominance of female names among popular digital assistants has provoked criticism recently.
Asked if it is a boy or a girl, Eno will reply that it is “binary.” Being a banker, albeit a virtual one, its favorite color is green.