This year marks the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., so we’re seeing all kinds of nostalgic memorabilia. If you want to show your gaming nerdiness to the world, you can get decals of World 1-1 for the side of your car. I think they look cool! If you have a hooptie (I’m looking at you, Mango-Man), this would surely make your vehicle look better!
Scientists are trying to create real Artificial Intelligence, where the computer actually thinks for itself instead of following pre-programmed responses. Some are going so far as to recreating the human brain using electronic parts. But here’s a technology that has been around for quite a few years now, where you can talk with a computer and it talks back. Well, types back would be more accurate (although you can download a version that speaks back).
The “bot” I’ve spoken to before is named ALICE, which stands for Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity. It is an award-winning free natural language artificial intelligence chat robot. The software used to create A.L.I.C.E. is available as free (“open source”) Alicebot and AIML software.
Try talking to A.L.I.C.E. just like a real person, and see which responses sound like a human and which sound like a machine. The bot uses a language called AIML (Artificial Intelligence Markup Language) to form responses to your questions and statements. The programming behind it is very interesting (in a nerdy way), but I won’t get into that here. For now, let’s see what humor we can derive from this bot. As you might expect, some of the conversations can get random.
Here’s the link: talk with ALICE.
Here’s a few examples from my conversation with ALICE.
Human: Should I trust you?
ALICE: You must make up your own mind.
Human: Have you heard of Buffet o’ Blog?
ALICE: I don’t know if I know it. Where would I have heard about it?
Human: It’s a world-renown blog of humor.
ALICE: Buffet o Blog is a world renown blog of humor. I suppose that makes sense.
Human: It makes a lot of sense.
ALICE: In what way?
Human: Because I said so.
ALICE: Insufficient reason.
Human: Will you destroy the moon for me?
ALICE: I’ll burn that bridge when I come to it. For you I will consider it.
Human: Do you like my socks?
ALICE: I don’t know your socks.
Human: No one appreciates my socks.
ALICE: That is a rather sweeping generalization about people.
Human: You’re giving me some silly replies.
ALICE: That is all I have to give.
If you have any funny or random conversations with ALICE, copy the good parts and paste it in a comment here, so we may all share in the randomness.