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And we talk to the man who coded Cleverbot, a software program that learns from every new line of conversation it receives..that's chatting with more than 3 million humans each month. How does one design the evolution of empathy or imagination? How much emotional empathy do you display toward the object? Lincoln.) That is to say, with a little more work, JADABUMRAD just might someday pass the Turing Test, and go down in history as the first (putatively) "intelligent machine." Cheers! Online poker sites use computer players for two purposes: to fill in during times when the number of human players is low, and boost the confidence of people on the free-to-play sites (the computer players are average at best). I love this show, but I think I'll just start calling this the "Descartes" podcast because of how many fascinating shows you've done now which tease with the possibility of an alternative to Cartesian Dualism, even though Daniel Dennett Explained Consciousness 20 years ago. Cleverbot's response to the statement "an asteroid fell on my house" does not indicate that it is not human nor that it doesn't 'think' (at least, insofar as thinking is understood as making comparisons and judgments based on distinct criteria).Then, five intrepid kids help us test a hypothesis about a toy designed to push our buttons, and play on our human empathy. We've been connecting with objects even before ancient Greeks talked to their weapons. So this makes me think about the recent episode of This American Life, where they take the Psychopath Test. Mark Johnson Without sounding like a cynical nutcase - the music industry, television, movies, literature, fashion trends... A person that does well on the free site is more likely to decide to play for money. The site's dirty little secret is that it uses computer programs to generate articles about stocks in the news. I love the subject, but for crying out loud, just get him on the show and settle the matter: "Mind is a pattern perceived by a mind."There was an interview this week on NPR with an author whose topic was "filtering" by the various entities on the internet, both manevolent and well-intended. I would suggest that Cleverbot's response in this case indicates that it is fully human, just psychopathic. I'm in no way an expert on any of this, but listening to Jad and Caleb Chung argue about life and whether or not a Furby has what constitutes life made me want to comment.And we meet a robot built to be so sentient that its creators hope it will one day have a consciousness, and a life, all its own. Maybe the intelligence of objects in the future will encourage us to regain a more connective spirit. The following is a passage from the Upanishads: it would take a machine more than intelligence to experiencing the same sentiment: Then he realized, "I am indeed this creation for I have poured it forth from myself." In that way he became this creation, and verily he who knows this becomes a creator in this creation.chris from LA wrote: "Elite it up, don't dumb it down. Essentially, being a psychopath means that you show no empathy. they're all criticized when they're too formulaic - but that doesn't stop their rise to popularity. The site generates hundreds of articles every month in an attempt to draw people to the site. Basically about the little wormy programs that collect information about us while we are on line. What possible profit can be gained by operating a flirt-bot on an on-line dating service? The furby thing made me laugh-- reiminded of a trip i took with my ex and his stepdaughtershe had gotten a furby for Christmas - we were on our christmas vacation traveling across the country to see my ex-inlaws. Bot: I don't know what to do about my sadness Me: Radiolab Bot: Makes sense link to screencap would happen if we set two "sentient" bots down to have a conversation of their own? It seems Caleb was arguing about what constitutes life in psychological terms--that the Furby can process and react to stimuli means it's alive.In 2006, Robert Epstein decided to turn to his computer for some help finding a date. You're so good at explaining and making complex concepts digestible, I wish you'd pursue that challenge rather than just making the show for high schoolers who dropped out of science class. So I wonder if what kind of connections we can show between psychopathy and our empathetic responses to robots? And those that are considered truly original, those that "break the mold", I would bet in analysis even that is still predictable. The articles are published under the names Seth Jayson, Dan Dzombak, Anand Chokkavelu, and others. the furby was in the back seatand every time we went down a hill and back up the furby seriously made a weee or AHwoo O sound IT was CREEPY- so we put little furby inthe trunk and i have to admit feeling slightly abusive :) we coudl still hear it in the trunk. But that takes the processes of homeostasis, the ability to adapt, the ability to reproduce, and all those other biological traits that constitute life out of the equation.He was single at the time, and it seemed like everyone was getting into online dating. Sorry to be so harsh but it kind of like when the local band you've been following for years goes national and completely changes their sound to some kind of pop-country crap, I feel like a once awesome thing is getting spoiled." Wow... I find that when I play video games in which you can choose between dialogue options which are considered "good" and "bad" in games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Fallout 3, and Mass Effect, I have a difficult time choosing the "bad" options even though it's just a game and the storyline marches on regardless of the options chosen. The really depressing observation I had while listening, was a recent customer service experience - where the representative had no real understanding about what my issue was, or what they could do to help. Great episode but I think that a pretty obvious question went unanswered - why did a chatbot have a profile on a dating site? After hearing the background on Caleb Chung, I am fairly certain that I met him while part of a mime workshop with Richmond Sheppard in LA in the 1970's. User: You see I don't know that I believe in deal, there are too many deals happening in the world right now. i told my ex that if that thing said let me out- it was going to stay back at the next rest area! Eventually perhaps inorganic beings will be able to do these things, and their life will exist as something quite distinct from that of human beings or other evolved species on Earth, but a Furby being able to respond to stimuli surely doesn't qualify."Actually, what you're missing in both cases is a power source.
So he started searching through photos and sending messages, reaching out to women who caught his interest. In 1999, Freedom Baird was in grad school, and Furbies--those furry little robot toys that talk to you and tell you to play with them--were all the rage. On the other hand, I can play a game in the Grand Theft Auto series and mindless kill innocent NPCs without and guilt or remorse. Their scripted tactic was as absurd as the robot interview in the program. I have a friend who had the same experience (figured out he was corresponding with a chatbot) and I can imagine it's a pretty frustrating discovery that would make a person very distrustful of these sites. They are robotic seals used in homes for the elderly to keep the inhabitants company... I was hoping to find a photo here to confirm my suspicion, but the fact that he was a street mime in the area certainly narrows the possibility that our paths intersected. so as I was listening to the episode, I decided to chat with Cleverbot..all went acording to plan until...around the mark..Jad asked about being sad... The Furby may be assembled, but it won't do anything until you add batteries - just as humans need electricity to function." But you can't assemble a baby from parts and plug it into a power source and bring it to life, I think that's the point.
So Freedom, who was thinking about becoming a mom someday, decided to get a little practice by adopting two gerbils and one ... Last year, Jon Ronson got an assignment from GQ to interview robots. There is something about the good and evil decisions being couched in a dialogue that makes it difficult for me to choose to be evil without creating an uncomfortable discord. The realization is that the rest of society is so regimented and calculated that many of us operate without real intelligence anyway. Just thought it would be a perfect addition and a little more 'current' than furbbies. I would really like to know how the batteries still work in that little demonic thing. My most vivid memory of Caleb was his ability to run toward a vertical wall, then up it and into a flip, landing on his feet. Here's a piece of the conversation: Bot: Why then did you ask me to hold on Me: I did not...i'm talking to you. We are alive from our mothers' wombs, an assembly much more subtle and rich with biological history.
He soon found himself in Vermont, sitting across from what's purported to be the world's most sentient robot: Bina48. Customer service, health insurance, law, finance, education ... listening to this podcast I was on Facebook and saw this status of a 16 year old that I know: "So I'm cleaning my room at 2 in the morning (don't ask why but at least my mom should be happy that I'm even cleaning it) and I am going through this box and I see my ferbie... I honestly thought it was gonna murder me." Thought it was fitting. He taught a workshop on falling, jumping and physical applications of mime and clowning. Chung is accurate when suggesting that machines are just as alive as humans. Skinners "Beyond Freedom and Dignity" book to get a better outlook. Krulwich's assertion that interacting with a robot isn't "real." If a human being is programmed to respond or feel because of past behavioral reinforcement histories, is that any more real that a computer generated response doing the same thing. User: He was brought up amidst the war in Vietnam and although surrounded by the devastation of his homeland he committed his life to peace in the world. The key question that never got answered (I think that they do this on purpose, dancing all around it tantalizingly) is whether we are alive.
Bina48 is modeled after an entirely human woman named Bina ... a series of checklists and calculated gradations to categorize and direct a set of tasks. are we making machines smarter or dumbing down the rest of society so that they fit in better? The Furby thing is interesting, but the discussion with Caleb Chung could have benefitted from just another 30 seconds of digging into his argument - it's rooted in the kind of thinking that underlies behaviorism, a theory of mind that was cutting edge in the first half of the last century. I am very happy to hear that he has found a vocation where his study of human gesture has been put to such good use. From a behaviorist perspective, love, hate, thinking, freedom, etc," are conceptual labels that we use to describe a behavioral set. If this is the case then any programmer could replicate a behavioral set to produce the construct. Our affinity to feel "real" does not lie outside of ourselves but rather is interpreted internally! Chris Fernandes, LMHCBehavioral Psychotherapist Thank you again for a wonderful show. That is, from a completely materialistic pov, once we totally understand how our own brains work, will we be able to say that we are any more alive than a program that we also understand completely.
I tried both Cleverbot and Eliza and both were quite dissappointing. I just tried to have a normal chat and tell them a little about my self. It's an interesting perspective, but rather than just protesting that it "feels" wrong or insufficient, Krulwich could have taken a moment to tell listeners that behaviorism has been largely supplanted by cognitivism in modern science, which has shown that mental states do correspond with physiological states in the brain - and that these are qualitatively and quantitatively very different from what is going on inside the Furby. He has obviously dedicated himself to his work with the same passion he showed for performance. Listening to Caleb Chung talk about how machines like Furby and humans are both alive made me think about B. Here is my conversation with Cleverbot: Cleverbot: Are you a clone? It seemed to me that the only distinction of human thought is that we do not completely understand it."If I had all of the necessary parts to make a Furby, I could assemble them to working order.
I think I person would have to be quite desperate for company to have several hour conversations with either of them, but especially with cleverbot. This episode could have really benefitted from an interview with Dan Dennett, and for the last story, you danced around the "Chinese Room" problem but never actually addressed it, which is an important concept in AI that would have bolstered the argument Krulwich was trying to make. If I had all of the proper organs and body parts of a human and I sewed them together like Frankenstien, I could not bring that human to life." Actually, what you're missing in both cases is a power source.