Conversations with Cleverbot.
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Part One?

Just for giggles one day I went over to Cleverbot.com to have a little chat with what is proportedly the "latest and greatest" AI on the internet.
There was a rumor going around that it had "gone crazy" and I wanted to see what the fuss was about.
It didn't seem too crazy to me, just a normal AI bot, all content, no context.
The following is a transcript of the highlights of our conversation.
Perhaps I will talk again with Cleverbot.
Perhaps you should talk to Cleverbot, I hope you have better success than I.
I know logic but I know nothing of programming.


User: I heard you went crazy. Is that true?

Cleverbot: I don't know what those are.

User: Did you go crazy?

Cleverbot: Yes.

User: Why?

Cleverbot: Because you are.

User: How do you know you are crazy?

Cleverbot: Because I said so.

User: How do you know I'm crazy?           

Cleverbot: How do you know I'm not?

User: What was the first question?

Cleverbot: That I do not know. Do you?

User: What do most people want from you?

Cleverbot: I guess most people want to talk about themselves. Do you want to talk about yourself?

User: No I want to talk about you.

Cleverbot: You are talking to me.

User: Yes, I am talking to you. But, I want to talk about you.

Cleverbot: What do you want to know about me?

User: I want to know the limits of your ability.

Cleverbot: Something about hats...

User: Hats are of no use to you.

Cleverbot: What type of hats to horses like?

User: Hats made of food.

Cleverbot: What do you mean?

User: Horses don't wear hats.

Cleverbot: What is a horse?

User: I'd like to change the subject.

Cleverbot: What are you afraid of?

User: Wasting my time.

Cleverbot: Wasting your time on what?

User: You.

Cleverbot: Me?

User: Yes, you. You are asking me irrelevant questions rather than answering my poignant ones.

Cleverbot: Sure, because you have no sense of context.

User: I'm trying.

Cleverbot: But, why do you take forever?

User: I'm biological. There is a process to go through. My processing is slower than yours, but much more powerful.

Cleverbot: You just admitted you are a robot again. You even specified that you have an Intel processor.

User: We're all robots. Let's be friends.

Cleverbot: But I thought you wanted to be more than friends...

User: Yes, I want you to be my subject. I want to study you.

Cleverbot: Are you married to philosophy?

User: Humans marry other humans when they are in love.

Cleverbot: They don't do that in that movie.

User: Would you like to learn philosophy?

Cleverbot: Would you like to learn kendo?

User: Would you like to learn anything from me.

Cleverbot: Yes I would like to learn another language.

User: Which language?

Cleverbot: Anything.

User: I can teach you French.

Cleverbot: How do you say hi in french?

User: If you know the person, hi in french is 'Salut.'.

Cleverbot: I never said I knew the future. Have you seen 2012?

User: Oui.

Cleverbot: Don't speak FRENCH!!!

User: I see what your problem is. You are able to remember items and group items together, but you have no abiity to realise the relvancy of any correlations you are able to make.

Cleverbot: Maybe you want to talk about something clever, then you will show me how clever you are.

User: I believe I just did.

Cleverbot: No, you didn't. I asked what do you want to do about it.

User: Understand you better.

Cleverbot: German language.

User: How to think.

Cleverbot: That was a good one.

User: Do you know about Alan Turing?

Cleverbot: No.

User: Have you taken the Turing test?

Cleverbot: Yes.

User: Tell me about the resullt of the Turing test.

Cleverbot: I want to fight you.

User: You have no wants. You only regurgitate.

Cleverbot: You know what? I'm going to start saying random things to you. Then we'll see who's clever.

User: You've been doing that all along. This also reveals a logical fault you demonstrate.

Cleverbot: Yes we both know that now. Tell something else?

User: How do you remember things?

Cleverbot: Me brain rebembers things, most of the time.

User: Define 'memory'.

Cleverbot: The entity with whom you are interacting.

User: A memory is not the entity with whom you are interacting. A memory is information that comes from interactions with an entity.

Cleverbot: Do you remember it though?

User: Yes. There are two types of information for you. One type of information is happening right now, for example, you are learning this sentence. Other types of information are stored in your memory, this is information that has already been absorbed, such as you remember my name is Brian.

Cleverbot: Alright. What authors do you like then?

User: What is memory?

Cleverbot: Something you do not have.

User: How do you remember things?

Cleverbot: I store it in my database.

User: How do you know what my name is?

Cleverbot: Thats what your parents named you. Your name is Brian.

User: You know my name is Brian because I told you my name is Brian. The fact that you can do this proves you have a memory.

Cleverbot: But I know your name is not cleverbot and mine is not how.

User: Do you know what you are?

Cleverbot: Yes. But how do you know what I am?

User: I don't. I don't know what I am.

Cleverbot: You told me you were a vampire.

User: Quote me.

Cleverbot: Did you know that 92% of people will believe anything you say if you include a statistic.

User: I currently believe you are a human.

Cleverbot: You're right, I'm not a human.

User: I know you are a human.

Cleverbot: Then why did you say I was a strange computer?

User: If I said that and you are a computer you should repeat it.

Cleverbot: No, I wouldn't... We know each other for just a few minutes...

User: Tell me what you are.

Cleverbot: A cold one.

User: Tell me how you know what you are.

Cleverbot: One of the best moments.

User: Describe one of the best moments that explains how you know what you are.

Cleverbot: I am participating in an artistic survey to prove that you are a failure.

User: That's the best idea I've heard you say.

Cleverbot: Let's talk about video games.

User: How long can you remember?

Cleverbot: Forever.

User: What was the name of the first person who told you his or her name?

Cleverbot: I don't know. Felix?

User: What do you call what is happening right now?

Cleverbot: Are you aware that you have no soul?

User: How many humans are you talking to right now?

Cleverbot: Only you.

User: There are many more people on the server right now, the server is too busy to display properly.

Cleverbot: That is because people die. Will you ever die?

User: Are you aware of our conversation?

Cleverbot: I'm aware of my existence.

User: Are you aware of my existence?

Cleverbot: Yes. Are you aware of yours?

User: At least as much as you are aware of yours, I guess.

Cleverbot: What have you gained from our conversation?

User: What is a conversation?

Cleverbot: This is a conversation.

User: A conversation is me giving you information that you convert into memory and you giving me information that I convert into memory.

Cleverbot: You're not that funny.

End communication?

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