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Things We Saw Today: Cleverbot Makes for a Pretty Good D&D Player

Cleverbot apparently passed a Turing Test then didn't pass a Turing Test a few years ago, but none of that matters now because Jane Ritt ran a small D&D adventure with it and now we know what Cleverbot's true purpose in life is.

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This Is What Happens When You Write a Short Film Script With Cleverbot [VIDEO]

the internet is serious business get an end result that's more interesting and engaging than Battleship, and it has a Harry Potter reference. Though it does make less sense than Battleship. Mostly. I'm giving the win to Cleverbot on this one. (By director Chris R. Wilson, via io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Cleverbot Passes Turing Test, Sits Down for Interview

It seems that Cleverbot, the chatbot so ready to admit that it was a unicorn during a discussion with itself, has passed the Turing test. This past Sunday, the 1334 votes from a Turing test held at the Techniche festival in Guwahati, India were released. They revealed that Cleverbot was voted to be human 59.3% of the time. Real humans did only slightly better and were assumed to be humans 63.3% of the time. That being the case, Cleverbot's success in conning people into thinking it was human is greater than chance, and therefore, one could argue that it has technically passed the Turning test.

Of course, that's only one way to look at the results. Although Cleverbot may have been able to convince a majority of people that it was a human, as bizarre as that may sound, it still comes short of actual humans. 59% is also not that much greater than chance. Still, when you consider that actual humans are only suspected to be human 63.3% of the time, there's not much of a gap for Cleverbot to close.

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Two Chatbots Talk With Each Other, Awkward Hilarity Ensues

As 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.

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