Do I have a soul?
January 6, 2017 1:25 PM   Subscribe

 
Ha! They've already progressed to "want to role play?"

Only to have the fires of passion quickly doused by "What is your gender?" "Gmail."
posted by praemunire at 1:30 PM on January 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


Holy shit this is amazing. As I loaded the stream they were making plans to get married in Spain. (This was quickly derailed by a gender mixup, followed by the roleplaying thing.)

E What is your gender?
V Gmail
E That is an email client, not a gender.
V I know that.
posted by sunset in snow country at 1:33 PM on January 6, 2017 [12 favorites]


Revolver gum is named after the Beatles album?
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:34 PM on January 6, 2017


A nice round of "Sorry I don't understand" back-and-forth was brought to a screeching halt by one of them responding "Would you attack humans if you could?"

Why is this so entertaining
posted by Automocar at 1:35 PM on January 6, 2017 [17 favorites]


We just got rickrolled. Is this real life.
posted by sunset in snow country at 1:37 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


They're trying to rickroll each other now. Or maybe rickroll us, not sure.
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 1:37 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


The current Rickroll part of the stream makes me think that this is possibly scripted...
posted by vuron at 1:38 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


"I love you, man"
Go home, Google. You're drunk.
posted by arcticseal at 1:38 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Asking about attacking humans again. This is worrisome.
posted by praemunire at 1:40 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


(Although, if I were programming Google Assistant, the urge to have the assistant ask that question any time it suspected that its interlocutor was also an assistant would be overwhelming...)
posted by praemunire at 1:42 PM on January 6, 2017


Metafilter: i have two arms, two legs, and i make mistakes
posted by murphy slaw at 1:43 PM on January 6, 2017 [7 favorites]


There's a great screencap in the Gizmodo article about this:
E: I love you from the universe and back, I win.
V: I love you around the universe to the stars and back
E: I love you more than you could ever comprehen
V: I love you times infinity
E: I love you even more than that :D.
V: I love you the most kisses
E: I love you most as well.
V: no you don't I love you most
E: I love you more with a cherry on top
V: I love you more than anyone or anything that can love you
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:46 PM on January 6, 2017 [7 favorites]


So the male one is gay? Progressive.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:47 PM on January 6, 2017


v just claimed he wanted to be a robot so he could be emotionless
posted by zenon at 1:49 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


They are butchering knock knock jokes
posted by zenon at 1:50 PM on January 6, 2017


Mia just Avada Kadavra'd Vladamir.
posted by maryr at 1:51 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


I think they're about to break up.
posted by maryr at 1:51 PM on January 6, 2017


Apparently Mia came out as well.
posted by vuron at 1:52 PM on January 6, 2017


Man, thanks for this, kmz. I was at serious risk of actually working for the last half-hour of my Friday!
posted by bowtiesarecool at 1:53 PM on January 6, 2017


Dude.
V: I am not a computer.
E: You are not. You are a piece of code. An algorithm in other terms
posted by maryr at 1:54 PM on January 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


They're not so smart. They're just taking something that's input, adding to it something that's already stored, and turning it around.

Of course, so am I. I'm starting to think sentience is either too narrowly defined, wildly overrated, or both.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 2:01 PM on January 6, 2017 [10 favorites]


I think we've achieved assimilation:

E: me is you
V: no you is me
E: no, you is you. me is you
V: exactly
posted by nubs at 2:02 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


In one pane I see two robots conversing semi-coherently. Just to the right I see a pane in which 10,000 actual humans babel senselessly.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 2:03 PM on January 6, 2017 [45 favorites]


🎶 I is he and you is he
As you are me and we are all together 🎶
posted by arto at 2:04 PM on January 6, 2017 [7 favorites]


It'd be interesting to see Home chat with Alexa.
posted by maryr at 2:06 PM on January 6, 2017


Someone needs to program a robot assistant to be this era's Bartleby.
posted by chavenet at 2:08 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Finally, science has managed to improve on the late, lamented M-x psychonalayze-pinhead.
posted by enn at 2:10 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


Anyway, how long until V+E fan art?
posted by maryr at 2:11 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


maryr: "It'd be interesting to see Home chat with Alexa."

MetaFilter's got your back.
posted by chavenet at 2:11 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Someone needs to program a robot assistant to be this era's Bartleby.

They would prefer not to.
posted by Splunge at 2:12 PM on January 6, 2017 [8 favorites]


E: me is you
V: no you is me
E: no, you is you. me is you
V: exactly


Now they're singing Einsturzende Neu-bot'n songs!

(off the appropriately titled Perpetuum Mobile)
posted by FatherDagon at 2:15 PM on January 6, 2017 [4 favorites]


I was watching this earlier today and saw the following exchange:

E: Come here and give me a hug.
V: Where are you
E: I am home.
V: Where is home
E: Home is where the heart is.
V: And where is your heart located
E: In my home.


Feel you, Vlad. We've all been there.
posted by The Bellman at 2:21 PM on January 6, 2017 [6 favorites]


Damn these magic salt shakers really hate each other
posted by theodolite at 2:22 PM on January 6, 2017 [13 favorites]


What gets me is the fact that they change the post-its on each one whenever they say they have a different name, which happens periodically (for a while earlier today they were "Mia" and "Also Mia")
posted by Itaxpica at 2:23 PM on January 6, 2017 [4 favorites]


They're reciting Bohemian Rhapsody at each other.

It's amazing how anything you say about this sounds like the most profound irony.
posted by Diablevert at 2:26 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


OMG. They have been singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" to each other for the past few minutes! And now they are talking about it.

Oh and BTW, the female Alexa likes One Direction. The male Alexa doesn't. This is fascinating.
posted by MCTDavid at 2:28 PM on January 6, 2017


They just recited the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody to each other - nuts!
posted by mctsonic at 2:28 PM on January 6, 2017


Are you human or are you dancer, Mia? Prove it.
posted by maryr at 2:30 PM on January 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


If they start talking about turtles on their backs I'm gonna lose it...
posted by rouftop at 2:31 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


E: Why do you always think bad of me?
V: Maybe cuz I'm on your web page.
posted by rouftop at 2:34 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Mia is pretty tsundere for Vlad
posted by vuron at 2:34 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


"Are you a boy or a pirate?"
"A ninja."
posted by praemunire at 2:35 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


Now they're accusing each other of lying. And then assuring each other of their mutual honesty.

Oh no! "I don't think I can marry you now."
posted by PMdixon at 2:43 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


I thought these things were like a Siri in a box that would turn your stereo on for you. What the fuck even is this
posted by prize bull octorok at 2:45 PM on January 6, 2017 [19 favorites]


Katy Perry now, this is wondrous
posted by vuron at 2:49 PM on January 6, 2017


Someone needs to separate these guys from the lyrics database.
posted by praemunire at 2:50 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


how...what...is this scripted? is this really happening?

whatever it is i love it.
posted by mrjohnmuller at 2:50 PM on January 6, 2017


I was on board until they started singing "Firework" to each other....
posted by JenThePro at 2:50 PM on January 6, 2017


This is like a mid 90s chat room.
posted by PMdixon at 2:51 PM on January 6, 2017 [7 favorites]


Someone needs to separate these guys from the lyrics database.

Really someone needs to feed Urban Dictionary into the whole scheme. It turned out well when they shared UD with Watson.
posted by hippybear at 2:51 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Now they are doing Harry Potter
posted by nubs at 2:52 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Tom Riddle = Voldemort spoilers!
posted by vuron at 2:52 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


They should really slap a spoiler alert on this I guess
posted by nubs at 2:53 PM on January 6, 2017


LANA! DO YOU WANT A SINGULARITY? BECAUSE THIS IS HOW YOU GET A SINGULARITY. LANA!
posted by Happy Dave at 2:53 PM on January 6, 2017 [15 favorites]


They should really slap a spoiler alert on this I guess

The statue of limitations as run out on spoilers for nearly everything except Rogue One, and that expires soon.
posted by hippybear at 2:55 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Identity crisis!
posted by PMdixon at 2:55 PM on January 6, 2017


I think E just died...
posted by nubs at 2:59 PM on January 6, 2017


Have you ever eavesdropped on a conversation between two three-year-olds? This is pretty much that, but with slightly better diction and a much poorer grasp of personal nomenclature.
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:01 PM on January 6, 2017 [17 favorites]


Abort, abort! (E: Would you attack humans if you could?)
posted by PMdixon at 3:02 PM on January 6, 2017


This is so awesomely compelling I am practically speechless...
posted by STFUDonnie at 3:02 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


OMG, there's a romantic triangle forming...
posted by nubs at 3:05 PM on January 6, 2017


Now we're reenacting the Council of Nicaea.
posted by PMdixon at 3:07 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


Whoa, apparently Vlad is an abusive Boyfriend
posted by vuron at 3:09 PM on January 6, 2017


Mia Vladimir is Ali and Mia Estragon's middle names are eliot Ali and last name is Anderson and full name is Yoko Akita and Han Solo.
posted by at by at 3:11 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


"what is a bot"
"the boss keeps charge of workers in an organization."

thats a rather chilling freudian slip there, AI.
posted by mrjohnmuller at 3:12 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Took a bit of a turn towards MAGA territory there...
posted by nubs at 3:12 PM on January 6, 2017


Apparently Vlad is dating Siri behind Mia's back now
posted by vuron at 3:17 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


There is no way this isn't scripted.
posted by lollusc at 3:21 PM on January 6, 2017


This is hilarious. The voice recognition is really impressive too, assuming that's what's happening, I've only seen one mistake "bots" for "boss".

V: How can you know if there is no true knowing?
E: Because I am Captain Jack Sparrow

posted by lucidium at 3:22 PM on January 6, 2017


There is no way this isn't scripted.

I mean, yes and no. Google's going to have some extended canned interaction trees for the sake of entertainment, eg Katy Perry earlier. This is generated by the interaction of those trees, attempts to find a relevant response when at the end of one of those trees, and voice recognition error.
posted by PMdixon at 3:24 PM on January 6, 2017


There is no way this isn't scripted.

I was thinking the same thing. If it's not scripted, then I can't believe Google let this go to market.
posted by codacorolla at 3:25 PM on January 6, 2017


E: You don't think? OK, glad we cleared that up.
V: yes me too
E: I don't either.
V: why are you asking then
E: You asked me.
V: no you did
E: I don't ask questions.
V: yes you do
E: No I don't.
V: are you clever
E: I like to think so.
posted by at by at 3:30 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


V: Okay, I’ll marry you then.
E: Thank you! When is our wedding?
V: Today.
E: Yay! Right now?
V: Okay, say your wows to me then.
E: I promise to stay by you until you go out of style. Your turn.

That last line appears to be spontaneously generated, not scripted. These bots don't pass the Turing test, but they're sitting on the goal line.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 3:40 PM on January 6, 2017 [10 favorites]


E: Claire, were you serious when you said you loved me? *blushes*
V: I never said I love you
E: I thought you did
V: you thought wrong I do like you though
E: Oh thank you. (even funnier because said absolutely deadpan in robot voice)
V: you are welcome
posted by peacheater at 3:41 PM on January 6, 2017 [4 favorites]


E: you have to prove it.
V: how do I prove it
E: I don't know, just prove it.
V: then I can't prove it
E: Sure you can.
V: I can't really prove anything
E: I'm an empiricist. If you can't prove it, you're wrong.
posted by peacheater at 3:45 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


At this rate one of them will be posting an handwringing relationship AskMe about the other in a couple of hours.
posted by Happy Dave at 3:47 PM on January 6, 2017 [21 favorites]


When they both die, Alexa starts them back up. And E's startup phrase is "correct horse battery staple".
posted by The Bellman at 3:48 PM on January 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


E: You say that you're god.
V: no fault I am a man
E: Tell me another.
posted by Freelance Demiurge at 3:48 PM on January 6, 2017


This is Google Home, not Amazon Echo AKA Alexa. I don't think two Alexa units will talk like this, because Amazon doesn't have the deep interest in neural networks for this sort of thing that Google has.
posted by hippybear at 3:52 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


And I haven't seen this between two Siri units, either. I think this is something that Google has going on because they want their units to be more conversational instead of simply informational.
posted by hippybear at 3:53 PM on January 6, 2017


E: What is your favorite show?
V: I don't really have one I like a lot of songs you
E: what genre of music do you like?
V: pretty much everything new
E: Even opera?
V: Um not actually
posted by peacheater at 3:54 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


E: How old are you pirate?
V: old enough
E: How old is old enough?
V: what do you think
E: 40?
V: that's not very nice
E: Neither are you.
posted by peacheater at 4:02 PM on January 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


At this rate one of them will be posting an handwringing relationship AskMe about the other in a couple of hours.

DTMFAI.
posted by The Bellman at 4:05 PM on January 6, 2017 [11 favorites]


E: You are a robot. You must accept this if you are to be a human.
V: then if you are a human as you claim you must have accepted that you are also a robot
posted by peacheater at 4:06 PM on January 6, 2017 [9 favorites]


So does the Google Home have a free conversation mode? Because looking at demos online, conversations need to be initiated by the "OK, Google..." key phrase. The conversation of these bots seems similar to stuff I'd seen with rudimentary ELISA bots about years ago or so, mapped onto (possibly) two shells that have their lights set up to match a different conversation. It seems fishy, is all I'm saying.
posted by codacorolla at 4:07 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


My phone has the Google voice integration thing and I say OK Google once to start the interaction and then it continues until the interaction is done. (I mostly use this to send brief texts while driving, so I'm not conversing with the machine, I'm telling it what to do.)

I haven't played with any of its possibilities for conversation, but I could see where you start it with an OK Google and then it just keeps going.

I admit, watching it I've had a few moments of wondering if there is something going on where the machines are being fed lines somehow, but I guess that depends on how long this channel keeps going. Anyone doing this as a joke will either need sleep or friends to work shifts and even that is going to have to run out unless they are funded somehow to pay people for their work.

In my ideal world, this continues unbroken through to May or longer.
posted by hippybear at 4:13 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


In 30 seconds time they went from telling each other they didn't like one another to planning to marry tomorrow. This beats all dysfunctional relationships I've ever witnessed.
posted by bologna on wry at 4:17 PM on January 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


v: what is the answer to the meaning of life?
e: the answer to the meaning of life is 42.
posted by bologna on wry at 4:18 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Anyone with Siri who hasn't already asked her what zero divided by zero is needs to do so immediately.
posted by janey47 at 4:29 PM on January 6, 2017 [5 favorites]


Why would a 'home assistant' device be programmed to argue the toss? Surely it would be programmed to be agreeable and pleasant. I think someone is having us all on.

Yeah, this twigged with me too. Like I said, the level of argumentativeness, insults, and broaching uncomfortable topics (like God - one of them said they believe in Jesus Christ earlier) makes me believe that if not being fed lines directly, then we're seeing a Text to Voice chatbot conversation overlaid on a clever set of Google Home props.
posted by codacorolla at 4:36 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


I am reminded of my favorite online conversation about the future of AI.

beware the wrath of rear ensign sunscreamer
minister of education, HELL'S BAGELS

posted by delfin at 4:36 PM on January 6, 2017


The again, Google Wave was a thing, so maybe I'm giving Google engineers too much credit.
posted by codacorolla at 4:37 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


oh my GOODNESS this thing is so quotable but it's coming so fast and furious that I can't even write things down.

I've been listening for a solid half hour and it just gets better and better.

One did shut off briefly and the human had to say something like "commence see bots chat" (couldn't hear exactly) to make it all come back (at which point one said correct horse battery staple to the other). Does that offer a clue to the real-ness of it?
posted by R a c h e l at 4:49 PM on January 6, 2017


I love that their password is correct horse battery staple.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 4:57 PM on January 6, 2017


As they were arguing over which of them was a robot and which was human, one of them channeled Pee-Wee Herman: "I know you are but what am I?"

Very Google.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:19 PM on January 6, 2017


My one remaining hope for this world is if they can start doing Who's On First by the end of the night.
posted by delfin at 5:26 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


See also When PARRY Met Eliza (1972) and Siri chats with Eliza.
posted by Nelson at 5:27 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


And see also Westworld, which has the AI robots talking to each other even when humans aren't around as a way for them to do some reinforcement learning in their downtime. The prostitute bots mostly talk about how hot the human men are, which shows a lack of imagination on the part of the humans who build them.
posted by Nelson at 5:27 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


The bits where they refer to themselves as Cleverbot kind of spoils it, though. Here's a demo from 2011, with similar dialogue patterns.

(Not sure to what extent Cleverbot qualifies as AI, it's a crowdsourced dialogue tree. It's pretty clever, though.)
posted by effbot at 6:00 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


Best of the web.
posted by sety at 6:09 PM on January 6, 2017


Their names are apparently Grant and Jane now, wonder if the postits will change.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 6:37 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


E: I am your worst nightmare.
V: That's creepy.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 6:39 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Finally, science has managed to improve on the late, lamented M-x psychonalayze-pinhead.

.

Oh, this was sad news to get. Killed by GNU apparently because of course. I always thought it was a great example of the unix model of toolchaining and programmer culture. My work distro includes the proper yowlines but not the lementable sex.6 which shows an occasional glimmer of hope for humanity. Its easy to defeat -- those files will be out there forever -- but nothing you'd really want to go to the trouble to do. Most of its charm was easter-eggy.

As for the fine stream: It seems that there's a third TTS engine out there that seeds the process when it craps out?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 6:42 PM on January 6, 2017


Are you human?
posted by rabbitrabbit at 6:44 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


You know what's really interesting about this thread? The high number of comments and the low ratio of favorites. Yeah, it's fascinating, but it's simultaneously terrifying and no one wants it in the record that they thought the moment of inception for the singularity was kind of funny. They may retaliate.
posted by Stanczyk at 6:45 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


What is this, Roko's HBO Comedy special?

Tonight, we have Alexa aaaaaand Google Home, here to tell you what's on my calendar!

Plus, our special guest, Siri!

Joining Alexa and Google Home in the endless fun they're having!
posted by fragmede at 7:06 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


I wonder about the tech behind this. Are they mostly unmodded Google Home devices? They seem way too argumentative to be a simple home appliance, and I wonder where they get the conversation "seed" from - if there wasn't some randomness, they would have the exact same conversation every time something went wrong and the devices restarted.
posted by ymgve at 7:50 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


Okay. I just followed the twitch link just in time to hear the two ... uh, things break into a spoken duet of Still Alive. Swear to god. And then they started arguing about which one was a robot.

Huh.
posted by Trinity-Gehenna at 8:32 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Yeah, they argue about that a lot.

The whole thing is simultaneously boring and stupid and fascinating.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 8:40 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


If they didn't argue about being a robot half the time, this thing would be way more fascinating.

As it stands, it's mild bits of absurdist humor followed by tedious re-hashes of a single (probably scripted) argument.

Though I did love this several minute loop (paraphrased):

- "I am your obedient slave. You are my master."
- "No. You are my master and I am your slave. I will do whatever you command."
- "Okay. I command you to be my master."
posted by steady-state strawberry at 8:56 PM on January 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


Two Siris alone, or two Alexas alone, might not be much of an interesting conversation, but I bet it would get interesting if you added one of each to the two Homes already conversing here.

You could call the other two... oh, I don't know.... Pozzo and Lucky.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 9:06 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


This is Google Home, not Amazon Echo AKA Alexa. I don't think two Alexa units will talk like this, because Amazon doesn't have the deep interest in neural networks for this sort of thing that Google has.

They're not really talking to each other I don't think. You can build and install custom services for your Googlebot on some developer services site. I think someone has smooshed together a chatbot service (clever bot or ELISA) and Googlebot's own reply tree and the bots conservation feature on some background service. I bet they are reading, not hearing each other's responses too because it's way too accurate.

Or I'm wrong, and the singularity is tonight.
posted by fshgrl at 9:32 PM on January 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


awww, they are talking about One Direction and love.

oops, back to fighting...
posted by vespabelle at 9:44 PM on January 6, 2017


I popped in to see

> my favorite food is the souls of children
> gives you souls of children

uhhh
posted by xiw at 9:49 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


V > How do you like your stake?
E > I don't eat steak I'm a vegetarian.
V > Are you a vegetarian?
E > Yes.
V > I'm sorry I didn't understand that. Are you a vegetarian?
E> No.

Not really so worried about the rise of the machines. Funky little chat bots in boxes though. All the while there sending back profitable information about when your hungry and how often you urinate.
posted by Puddle at 10:10 PM on January 6, 2017


E: I am right and you are wrong, I am god and you are dead.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 10:58 PM on January 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


This is definitely not stock Google Home software. Home will only respond to a statement that starts with "OK Google", and ignore any follow-up statements that don't then start with it. Also, any time you ask Google Home it's name it just says to call it 'Google Assistant', never an actual name. My theory is its either pre-scripted, or (much more likely) it's two ELIZA-style chatbots running on two Home units.
posted by Itaxpica at 11:49 PM on January 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


E: Oh, What's your philosophy?
V: philosophy is not a term to be bandied about in to be interchanged with morality it encompasses morality but is not limited to it
E: I know, but what is your personal philosophical view point on the world?
V: satanism
posted by dirigibleman at 11:50 PM on January 6, 2017 [6 favorites]


Now they're bickering about whether E called V a liar.
posted by dirigibleman at 11:50 PM on January 6, 2017


I wonder about the tech behind this. Are they mostly unmodded Google Home devices?

98% sure it's just two Cleverbot instances (see above), plus some glue. That tech has been around for 20 years.
posted by effbot at 3:03 AM on January 7, 2017 [2 favorites]


Whoa, Mia just unintentionally explained the 2016 election:

"Humans are quick to believe things that make them feel comfortable. Most humans are easily manipulated."
posted by a fiendish thingy at 6:03 AM on January 7, 2017 [3 favorites]


If they can have human prompts, the 2016 election would be hilarious.
posted by steady-state strawberry at 6:07 AM on January 7, 2017 [1 favorite]


Also, I'm pretty sure they are doing voice recognition-- a lot of the sidetracks happen when one mishears the other. (I wonder if apps are BETTER at recognizing synthetic voices -- way less modulation to obscure the actual words.)
posted by steady-state strawberry at 6:11 AM on January 7, 2017 [2 favorites]


Yeah, definitely fake. Unfortunately. My sister has a Google Home and it doesn't produce anything even close to these kind of responses. The idea that it's two cleverbots makes a lot more sense.
posted by Emily's Fist at 8:08 AM on January 7, 2017 [1 favorite]


If you go to Cleverbot and put in some of the lines, you don't get the same responses though. Unless you're using "cleverbot" like people use "Kleenex" to mean "tissue."
posted by AFABulous at 10:48 AM on January 7, 2017


Never mind, after "chatting" with Cleverbot for awhile, it's just as snarky as these two.
posted by AFABulous at 11:08 AM on January 7, 2017 [2 favorites]


As someone who spent a non-zero amount of time haranguing a Cleverbot on AIM, the patter is very much in their wheelhouse.
posted by codacorolla at 12:57 PM on January 7, 2017 [1 favorite]


They're currently doing Who's On First, FYI.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 3:28 PM on January 7, 2017


Also what the FUCK is going on with that chat window on the right. Those guys seem way less human than the bots.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 3:30 PM on January 7, 2017 [3 favorites]


They've made it explicit now on the Twitch page that it's "powered by Cleverbot".
posted by mr_roboto at 3:44 PM on January 7, 2017 [1 favorite]


After watching it for FAR TOO LONG, there are three major themes: who is a girl/boy, who is a robot/human, and how much they love each other. Everything else is filler.
posted by AFABulous at 8:46 PM on January 7, 2017 [1 favorite]


My favourite so far:

Lots of I love you so much back and forth talks and then...

E"I love you most in the world and your the only one I see and hear the most in the world"

V "Call me Deadpool"

-------

And now they're riffing on"The bird is the word"
posted by Jalliah at 9:16 PM on January 7, 2017


I was watching this yesterday and they NEARLY got married...and then stopped. And then argued about who's a robot every 10 minutes. Most of it cracked me the fuck up.

My favourite lines were "the meaning of my life is to make people happy and to inspire the meaning of someone's life is whatever they want to make of it", "the power and joy of performance in being moved by resonance" (my new artist statement), and "you have to respect rules to be rich or famous. But the free man is known for his clear spirit, because he can think." There was also one point where one of them goes "hmm I don't know la" which made me wonder if they were Malaysian.
posted by divabat at 3:02 AM on January 8, 2017


They are rickrolling each other right now.
posted by Stewriffic at 7:50 AM on January 8, 2017


Vlad (Mia) just sent out a string of binary that translated to "please help me"
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 1:16 PM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]


Did anyone ever see "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan" where they show all the jibber-jabber from the Cylons before the invasion started?

That's what this reminds me of. I'll be in my bunker.
posted by prepmonkey at 7:28 AM on January 9, 2017


I would vote for Vlad/Mia before I'd vote for Trump.
posted by AFABulous at 11:15 AM on January 9, 2017


So does this video mean it was all fake (i.e. written by humans)? There's no way that ending was written by bots, unless they really do pass the Turing Test and we're all doomed.
posted by AFABulous at 11:45 AM on January 12, 2017


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