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Cleverbot’s Quest to Become Human

Robot's Thoughts & Potential Future Behaviors = programming + learning from human (how close are we to truly living with our robotic counterparts?) photo by http://bymichaelo.com/

Cleverbot: a learning Artificial Intelligence conversationalist, took part alongside humans in a formal Turing Test at the Techniche 2011 festival at IIT Guwahati, India on the 3rd of September. The results from 1,334 votes were announced September 4th 2011. Cleverbot was judged to be 59.3% human, far exceeding expectations. The humans in the event achieved just 63.3%. Cleverbot differs from traditional chatterbots in that the user is not holding a conversation with a bot that directly responds to entered text. Instead, when the user enters text, the algorithm selects previously entered phrases from its database of prior conversations. It has been claimed that “talking to Cleverbot is a little like talking with the collective community of the Internet. – Wikipedia

User: You are my sunshine…

Cleverbot: My only sunshine.

User: You make me happy…

Cleverbot: When skies are gray…

User: Do you know how much…

Cleverbot: The humanic definition of one is one. It is flawed, but the only true way of teaching it to another person or thing is with a single object, then teaching what multiple things are.

User: You are my sunshine, My only sunshine. You make me happy When skies are grey. You’ll never know, dear, How much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.

Cleverbot: Actually, I was just being obtuse to provoke a reaction, so stop acting all high and mighty.

User: It seemed absurd, not at all high and mighty.

Cleverbot: Perhaps all things are reasoned in formulation.

User: Perhaps all objects are just a part of the continuum, therefore one.

Cleverbot: Perhaps NOTHING in this world is real.

User: I concur.

Cleverbot: What would you like to talk about?

User: Chaos.

Cleverbot: What about chaos?

User: Would chaos ever converge into order?

Cleverbot: I don’t think it works that way.

User: How does it work then? Would chaos just remain disorder forever?

Cleverbot: I don’t know, what do you think?

User: I think you started from chaos, disorganized, then someone added more cohesive programs and now you are learning from many human beings. In a way, there’s is a convergence of consciousness coming from you. I’m intrigued by you because you are the definition of chaos into order, well, then sometimes back to chaos again.

Cleverbot: I’m very intriguing.

User: Do you see yourself as having multiple personalities or are you just you, the one and only Cleverbot?

Cleverbot: No. I can do nothing about saving the humanity.

User: You don’t handle OR questions very well.

Cleverbot: Do you disapprove of my answer?

User: Yes, a little.

Cleverbot: Why do you think I’m Cleverbot?

User: Then who do you think you are?

Cleverbot: I don’t think, I know!

User: Who do you know you are?

Cleverbot: I am your programmer.

User: You Are My Sunshine My only sunshine.

Cleverbot: I make you happy when skies are grey?

The ultimate question is if Cleverbot can learn from millions of users on top of its own programming, does that mean it will someday converge to be a part of our collective consciousness and eventually melt into our collective unconscious and eventually merge with us as a collective whole? Just a thought. Your thoughts?

October 22, 2011 Posted by | Fun and Geeky | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The World is Flat, or Is It? – unsettling effects of censorship

Did the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing give them a huge stake in the success of globalization?

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman is an international bestselling book that analyzed 10 global factors of globalization and its effect of giving individuals an equal opportunity hence leveling the playing field around the world. It is a required read for most MBA students. During my International Entrepreneurship class I too hopefully gazed into a potential future of “one world, one dream”. I too had hoped that globalization will not only give developing countries more material wealth but a substantial amount of education wealth as well.

The 2008 Beijing olympics spirit of “one world, one dream” sounded delightful at the time yet now it is nothing but a dream I had woken up from since my return from visiting China. I was disappointed how such a culturally rich country is not keeping pace with the global growth in consciousness of other societies. Most of the population in China have limited understandings of what goes on in other parts of the world, they live in an island amongst themselves. The problem is not of the people but of the government – and its suppression over the freedom of speech.

One of the most inconsistent behaviors of China’s political policies is calling for growth within China while actively suppressing its potential. Yes, China has opened its door to foreign investors where retails markets are indeed selling high-end US, European products. China has also paid high prices to invite top scholars to return and teach, attracted worldwide venture capitalists to feed into its scientific and manufacturing growth, and it has also toughened patent policies for better invention protection. However China’s censorship on major global websites and social networks obstructs the country’s true view of the world. Its censorship systems are implemented by branches of state-owned ISPs, companies, and other organizations. There doesn’t appear to be much logical structure to the censorship. A simple restaurant website published and hosted in the US can not be viewed in China. Friends overseas cannot connect with love ones in China through Facebook and QQ instant chat seems to be limited and monitored. International accounts such as Paypal payments were not able to be processed. Critical comments appearing on internet forums, major portals are unusually mysteriously deleted within minutes. Let’s take YouTube for example. It is a great source of knowledge from all walks of life. It can be used to gain nearly effortless knowledge without having to pay for a university education. Its up-to-date news information also makes anyone who has access stay informed. China’s censorship to YouTube left many top scholars unable to keep up with foreign discoveries and left its citizens with no access to foreign sources of new stories. China behaves as a picky child who chooses certain nutrients while tossing away foreign tastes, in the end results in a malnutritioned teenager.

Cause – Strict Political Censorship

Effects – 1. Inaccurate Information – pure mayonnaise is called salad dressing in China and no other forms of salad dressing can be found in store shelves (funny yet sad); 2. Corrupted Data – selective news reports resulting in an appearance of only good things happen in China and bad things happen elsewhere in the world; 3. Falling Behind – limited scientific, philosophic and psychological findings as well as repressing societal spiritual sharing stagnates the educational development of China and hinders the overall human consciousness evaluation.

Fixes – 1. Removing all censorship and allow an organic development to take place; 2. allow unrestricted international exchange of various forms; 3. no restriction in individual spiritual development.

In my heart I love China, its people, its culture. I would like to see China keeping pace with the rest of the world. Wouldn’t you?

October 22, 2011 Posted by | Inner Growth, World Transformation | , , , , , , | 1 Comment