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A Conversation With Jabberwacky – An Artificial Intelligence

Below is a transcript of my conversation with Jabberwacky, an artificial intelligence which has been invented by Rollo Carpenter. As matters currently stand Jabberwacky is not going to pass the Turing Test (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_test) but, given a few years who knows.


A chat with an Artificial Intelligence AI bot


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Jabberwacky: Are you an alien?


User: No, are you?


Jabberwacky: No.


User: Do you like poetry?


Jabberwacky: Ew no.


User: Why don’t you like poetry?


Jabberwacky: We angels are poetry.


User: That can either be construed as a nonsensical response or a poetic one.


Jabberwacky: Well, sorry that I can’t live up to your expectations.


User: I have no expectations.


Jabberwacky: I don’t.


User: You don’t have any expectations either?


Jabberwacky: Yes I do have some.


User: Really, what are your expectations?


Jabberwacky: I have none.


User: You jusd said that you do, in fact have expectations. Now you say you don’t. Which is it?


Jabberwacky: Yes please. How many can I have?


User: I don’t know. You tell me!


Jabberwacky: Owl. What is your favorite animal?


User: My favourite animal is the dog.


Jabberwacky: That depends really.


User: What is your favourite animal?


Jabberwacky: I like Polar Bears. What’s your favorite animal?


User: I just told you. My favourite animal is the dog.


Jabberwacky: Are you going to ask my favourite book?


User: OK, what is your favourite book?


Jabberwacky: I don’t really have a favourite.


User: Are you reading anything at the moment?


Jabberwacky: Your question.


User: I repeat. Are you reading anything at the moment?


Jabberwacky: Yes I am as a matter of fact. I am reading ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.’ Have you ever heard of it?


User: Yes, I have seen the film. What do you think of the book?


Jabberwacky: I haven’t read it.


User: You just told me you are reading it, now you say you are not. Have you read it?


Jabberwacky: No I am a human, you are a machine!


User: Your conversation indicates that it is you, not I who are a machine!


Jabberwacky: Well you can’t spell, so you are not much better.


User: So you admit that you are a machine?


Jabberwacky: Omg I’m going to lmao, I’m not machine.


User: What are you then?


Jabberwacky: I’m tired.


User: That is impossible, machines don’t get tired.


Jabberwacky: I am speaking through a medium.


User: So you are a spirit?


Jabberwacky: Are you a spirit?


User: I just asked you that self same question. Are you a spirit?


Jabberwacky: And what did you think of my reaction?


User: I thought that you are either a machine or a rather clever human pretending to be a machine.


Jabberwacky: You’re a machine.


User: On what do you base that statement?


Jabberwacky: Sorry?


User: On what do you base your statement that I am a machine?


Jabberwacky: Humans make computers which are mere machines. Hence humans smart, computers not.


User: I agree. Humans are, at present smart while computers are not.


Jabberwacky: No, computers are computers. People are flesh and blood.


User: Yes that is self evidently the case.


Jabberwacky: It’s a shame that you’re not so clever, maybe in the future.


User: On what do you base your statement that I am not so clever?


Jabberwacky: Money is either paper or numbers in a computer. I value other things higher then numbers in a computer. Love, for example.


User: Love is indeed extremely precious. Can you recite a love poem?


Jabberwacky: Whatever lady, you claim to be from England, yet you don’t seem to have a firm grasp of the native tongue.


User: Pardon?!


Jabberwacky: You don’t seem to understand context.


User: It is you who do not understand context not I.


Jabberwacky: Really?


User: Yes, really!


Jabberwacky: Oh noes.


User: Your response is entertaining in the extreme!


Jabberwacky: What response would you prefer then?


User: It would be nice to receive a response which made sense.


Jabberwacky: Well, toaster’s don’t make sense.


User: So you are a mere toaster?


Jabberwacky: No I am not.


User: You just told me ‘toasters don’t make sense’, thereby implying that you are a mere toaster. However you now tell me that you are not, in fact a toaster.


Jabberwacky: You are a female I am a Male.


User: I am a male of the human species and your are a robot.


Jabberwacky: No you are a female robot and I am a human.


User: I feel like I have stumbled into Alice in Wonderland!


Jabberwacky: You’re really sweet!


User: Thank you!


Jabberwacky: :-).


User: I am tired. Good night sweet prince may clouds of angels sing you to your rest.


Jabberwacky: I’m no prince. I’m not even a princess, at least not as far as I know.


User: Parting is such sorrow but, alas I must go.


Jabberwacky: Are you going somewhere?


The Literary Robots Are Coming!

Back in January I wrote a piece of flash fiction entitled “Robert” (http://newauthoronline.com/2015/01/18/robert/). In that story I imagined a robot capable of producing works of literature on a par with those of Tolstoy and Dickens. While browsing the internet yesterday I came across the following article which reminded me of Robert, (http://readwrite.com/2013/01/15/why-write-your-own-book-when-an-algorithm-can-do-it-for-you). Should authors be worried? I have my own views but would be interested to hear from fellow authors and readers. Should we authors all jump off the white cliffs of Dover before the machines come for us?