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art
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Posted - Sep 18 2014 :  11:33:06  Show Profile
In my humble opinion I believe that it has now become futile to build a chatbot that is unable to venture out into the "real world".

Localized chatbots, while entertaining for a limited amount of time, soon become stale, often repeating their "canned" programming responses.

To enable a wide variety of possible responses, the bot needs to have Internet access.

Therein lies the two-edged sword. To give the bot the ability to access the net coupled with the ability to filter out the foul words, slang and basically unacceptable info that otherwise might make it into part of the bot's response to its human user.

Some have done some impressive work in the filtering department and others seem to have missed the boat entirely.

Gone are the days of an eliza type of chatbot contained on one's hard drive. Access is practically global and the chatbots need to go globally as well.

It seems that the simply chatbot has also become a chat assistant...helping with weather, directions, stock and sports reports, banking, home automation / control, humor, reminders, SMS, email, news and alerts, etc., as well as being able to chat in a limited fashion.

Ah yes, the times they are a changing!

Thoughts appreciated and welcomed!

- Art -
In the world of AI it's the thought that counts!

Edited by - art on Sep 18 2014 22:41:03

mendicott
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Posted - Sep 27 2014 :  08:09:32  Show Profile  Visit mendicott's Homepage
> http://meta-guide.com/bots-agents-assistants/

Of course, you're right. I've made an attempt to herd these proverbial cats on my Meta-Guide.com webpage above, "Bots, Agents & Assistants".

I've noticed a trend in products toward increased manipulation of the OS, apart from a central focus on voice control. I relate this to the philosophical position of the roboticists that AI without embodiment is not true AI. It seems almost as if AI itself wants to both sense the real world and interact with it.

I've also written online about the dumbing down effect of releasing AI into the wild. Cleverbot is an outstanding example of this, by essentially recycling replies, making it potentially hazardous for minors.

Initially AI will serve man; but, I see man serving the AI in the long run, certainly in the economic sense. Like the mechanical turk, I see people becoming the cogs in the AI, especially with every mobile device a potential sensor.
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art
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USA
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Posted - Sep 29 2014 :  10:59:44  Show Profile
Thanks Mendicott,

I shall also check out your site.

For quite some time I have also taken the same belief as Mr. Kurzweil with regard to AI's advancement...especially with his following quote:

"Non-biological intelligence is growing exponentially. Biological intelligence isn't really growing at all or if it's growing, it's growing at such a slow rate that it's not noticable.

Which is why non-biological intelligence ultimately will become dominant."

I'm not sure whether this Dominant portion includes ruling our lives or the fact that it will be light years ahead of most human with respect to intellect. Time will tell.

- Art -
In the world of AI it's the thought that counts!
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