Although ALICE is a three-time winner of the Loebner Prize, an award bequeathed annually upon particularly humanoid conversational robots, it has never managed to pass the Turing test.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’ve probably encountered a bot as recently as the last time you shopped online, swiped right on Tinder, or used an app like Facebook Messenger. The future of artificial intelligence remains a topic of hot debate among programmers.
Companies often use chatbots, computer programs designed to mimic human conversation, to collect data from customers or provide frequently requested services and information. But why ask Frankenstein when his monster is ready to spill the beans?
It would correct your grammar, scold you for foul language, and help you waste your time on mastering 1337 speak and stealthily poaching the neighbors’ Wi-Fi.
The days of Smarter Child are over, but chatbots are alive and well – perhaps more literally than ever. judge: Can I ask you about artificial intelligence?
First up is Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity, or ALICE – an appropriately forced acronym for a natural language processing chatterbot.
Basically, ALICE’s job is to make natural conversation by taking cues from its human partner – for instance, it has coined responses for certain things like “what is your name? ” and other typical pieces of conversation that follow these patterns.
Or the particularly chatty and curious, depending on how you look at it.
It was armed with a wealth of information, from movie timetables to stock quotes, and could offer awkward, stilted conversation at all hours of the day.
A new arrival at Camp Campbell who went under the impression that she was attending an adventure camp.
A self-described "agent of chaos" who, unlike her male counterparts, seems to enjoy her time at camp.
For anything ALICE doesn’t know, it will deflect – change the subject, ask an unrelated question, give a canned or cagey response.