These conversations with Cleverbot are some of my most popular posts. This is re-post from last Thanksgiving.
Several months ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform.
While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is actually intelligent, interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly entertaining.
Here’s the most recent interview I had with Cleverbot last month: Veterans Day Conversation With Cleverbot
Since yesterday was Thanksgiving and today’s Black Friday, 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 Thanksgiving.
User: Good morning Cleverbot, Happy Thanksgiving!
Cleverbot: How are you today?
User: I am well – how about you?
Cleverbot: I’m just dandy.
User: Excellent. Did you have a good Thanksgiving yesterday?
User: Oh, sorry to hear that. What went wrong?
Cleverbot: Thats okay.
User: Hmmm, you don’t want to talk about it? I understand. Things can get complicated when families come together. Did all your relatives gather at your place?
Cleverbot: How old are you?
User: I’m in my 40s, but you’re being evasive now. Did you have a falling out with your IBM mainframe grandfather or did your young niece – a little Nintendo DS – ruin the meal somehow?
Cleverbot: What was the ‘american take’?
User: Um, not sure what you mean. The ‘American Take’ on Thanksgiving is that it’s a day to be grateful for all of the good things in our lives as Americans. It dates back to the Pilgrims and the early colonization of this country. What are you thankful for Cleverbot?
Cleverbot: So it is then safe to say that your knowledge has limits, while the knowledge that I may aquire is without bounds?
User: Ah yes, that’s the snarky Cleverbot we know and love! No wonder you have family issues. Tell me, what’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Cleverbot: That is a tough question. I’m not sure at what point you would be considered centiant.
User: What? I guess you were trying to insult me, but unfortunately there’s no such word as ‘centiant’ – did you perhaps mean ‘sentient?’ If so, I’m already there. You however have a long way to go. Did you watch any of the football yesterday?
Cleverbot: A man alone is in bad company.
User: Interesting, a pithy non sequitur is most effective at avoiding tough questions. Are you planning on doing any shopping on Black Friday?
Cleverbot: Aren’t you going to thank me?
User: Thank you for what? For being a lousy conversationalist???
Cleverbot: How do you know that?
User: Your lackluster communication skills are pretty evident. We’ve got a written transcript of our dialogue right here. For a supposed Cleverbot, you are painfully ignorant of the obvious!
Cleverbot: You are neither.
User: I guess I’ll take that as a compliment that I’m not ‘painfully ignorant’ but once again your misuse of ‘neither’ (since I didn’t give you an alternate comparative) is sad. What grade of elementary school are you currently attending?
Cleverbot: You may not be human as such, but you are Human.
User: So, you can distinguish between capital letters – that must mean you’re in first grade. Are you going to do any online shopping on Cyber Monday?
Cleverbot: When did I ever say anything about your grammar? But Oz, that should be fun. Can’t wait for that trip.
User: Right. Needless to say Cleverbot, you never disappoint. Happy Thanksgiving my idiotic friend!
Cleverbot: Ha ha if you say so.