Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform.
While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with this particular learning software can be mildly entertaining.
Here’s one of my favorite interviews with Cleverbot from St. Patrick’s day.
Since today was Labor Day, I thought it would be interesting to get Cleverbot’s take on this holiday. Here’s the unedited conversation I had with Cleverbot this morning regarding Labor Day.
User: Hello Cleverbot, how are you doing today?
Cleverbot: Sorry how rude of me how are you?
User: You’re not rude at all, I’m doing fine. Thanks for asking.
Cleverbot: Stupid you.
User: Whoa, now that was rude. Anyway, did you know that today is Labor Day?
Cleverbot: Wait is it really?
User: Yes, really. Per congressional legislation passed on June 28, 1894 – the first Monday in September is always Labor Day.
Cleverbot: You did? How did you pass the turing test?
User: Um, I didn’t take a turing test which seeks to prove the superiority of human intelligence over a machine. It seems we’re doing that right now, and it seems I’m winning thus far. Do you know why we celebrate Labor Day?
Cleverbot: I don’t trust you. You are wrong.
User: It’s not an issue of trust – it’s a question. Do you know what Labor Day is?
Cleverbot: Yes I know what a library is! And maybe like 2 months ago?
User: Hmmm. Actually, Labor Day was a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
Cleverbot: Unless there is no population supporting labor.
User: Exactly right, but that’s the reason for Labor Day – so that we continue to remember and support labor.
Cleverbot: Where who comes from and who lands.
User: Huh?!? It’s sounds like you’ve been working too hard yourself, Cleverbot. Do you take the day off to celebrate Labor Day and maybe watch a parade?
Cleverbot: What else would I be?
User: That’s just about what I expected you would say. Anyway, Happy Labor Day Cleverbot!
Cleverbot: Why would you want me to believe that?
User: I don’t want you to believe anything, I’m just trying to be nice.
Cleverbot: Go to H – E – double hockey sticks.
User: Yikes! You definitely need a day off Mr. Crankybot.
Cleverbot: I know.
Question for you gentle reader: How will you spend this Labor Day?