FTW Wednesday: Cleverbot

8 Jun


Hey guys!  Welcome to the first installment of FTW Wednesday.  Robin and I have been talking about doing this since the blog started, but couldn’t decide on a name.  I think the blogosphere doesn’t need another alliterative theme day and that just led to a… well, “What do we call our theme day?” dilemma.  Robin came up with FTW Wednesday.

Now, every Wednesday (or at least most Wednesdays) we’ll be sharing with you something great we’ve discovered.  Rather than doing a traditional link dump, we’ll spend the whole post on one awesome idea / website / photo / whatever.  Sometimes they’ll be short, sometimes they’ll be long, but they’ll always be put a win in your humpday (which sounds way dirtier than it’s meant).

I’m going to start things off with a little artificial (un)intelligence.  I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Radiolab, as they explored “Talking to Machines”.  In one of the first segments, they introduce us to a chatbot called “Cleverbot”.   He’s won some AI competitions and he learns by talking to people all over the world.  With each conversation, he learns more about how people communicate with each other and what appropriate responses are.  Unfortunately for him, it seems like a large portion of his teachers are bored high school students.  You see, you can talk to him at cleverbot.com and the conversations can be… interesting.

Cleverbot will tell you about God. Cleverbot’s in the blue, I’m in black.

He can sing a duet.

He knows a bit about souls.

And his morality is based on a pretty cool old-school country song.

Listen to the podcast, then check out Cleverbot and let me know if he tells you something you think is FTW!



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