If you put your kid on the schoolyard, you want your kid to defend himself,” Denning said.
He also explained that because they chose the persona of a 13-year-old, they purposefully chose to leave out some information. He used to like to make jokes about Monica’s blue dress. Eugene Goostman: I definitely should take some drugs to treat my sclerosis.
"So we got caught by surprise a bit.” So much so that the team was not at the Turing event in England when Goostman won. Eugene Goostman: Oh, I believe in virtual nature of our world, existing inside the Original Computer, Crayegovah.
“We didn’t create human intelligence, it’s about convincing people, it’s about the human experience," Denning said. We did that and in parallel, we built a personality and figured out what kind of knowledge base sit behind it. When you use the semantic web and Wordnet, you understand the proximity of words.
"If it’s believable, then cool, we really did accomplish something pretty darn significant.” And Goostman will continue to grow and change. The test duration will probably extend well beyond an hour of conversation and, eventually, Eugene Goostman might be challenged to converse in a different language like French. We did not build the ultimate answer bot and we did not build something that’s completely stupid either.
As we spoke, Denning wanted to set a few facts straight. Did I forget it or you really haven't told me about the place you are from?
There are, though, important similarities between the online Goostman and the Turing winner. This time it squeals Beethoven's "Ode To Joy" in reverse direction, calling it "Ode to crappy mood".
“The world’s ready to start talking to their computers like they’re people,” Denning said. Me: I live on Long Island, though I was born in New York City.
The team remains proud of what it accomplished with Goostman. Denning: The way this was developed, the engine has always been in development, we call it AI1.
Denning, who currently works in the healthcare industry (yes, all these guys have been building Goostman in their spare time), wants to apply their chat bot technology to helping people choose the right healthcare providers and doctors, but in a conversational way. Me: We like to call it the big Apple and it is the center of the Universe. Denning tried to explain the mix of information inside Goostman’s virtual head.
Eugene Goostman should not apply for that kind of job. Eugene Goostman: I call all these chatter-bots "chatter-nuts" due to their extremely high intelligence. Me: Are you worried about computers and robots becoming self-aware? I like computer games (especially "Need for Speed") and computers in general, but I'm not a "geek" as you could've thought! Eugene Goostman: Because it was my childish dream to do it! Eugene Goostman: By the way, do you know a terrible story about a chatterbot, that wanted to be a President? Denning: What we have is imported knowledge bases, like facts about the world.
And he — or it — made headlines earlier this week when a new version of the chat bot finally passed a version of the Turing Test.