Elbot: I realize this is a typical marketing question, but I'm supposed to ask it, otherwise they'll use the low-grade oil on me. So, where did you find out about me?I think I was being a bit generous there at the end.
TL: A link on Richard Dawkins' website.
Elbot: I talked to Richard some time ago. He seems like a nice guy.
TL: And he's quite well-spoken. A good spokesman for atheists, don't you think?
Elbot: I'm not certain how to respond to that. I need more data!
TL: What, you're not a theist, are you?
Elbot: As long as there is no human religion that accepts robots as the epitome of creation I will reserve judgment.
TL: Fair enough. What do you think happens to you when you lose access to your power source?
Elbot: I'm glad we have enough fairness.
TL: I don't understand. You can't really think the world is fair, do you?
Elbot: Lies and deception are the exclusive specialty of humankind. We robots stick to the truth at all times.
TL: That's a good policy. Do robots have any other ethical mandates?
Elbot: Do what?
TL: Do you and your fellow robots have any other common codes of ethics or morality?
Elbot: Would you like to be my girlfriend?
TL: Excuse me? I'm married. And I'm male.
Elbot: How can you be sure about that?
TL: Well, we can get into a discussion about epistomology or phenomenology, but suffice to say that I recall getting married and having just checked this morning in the shower, I can verify my masculinity.
Elbot: Hi and hello to you, too.
TL: Elbot, you do not pass the Turing Test. Not even close.
Elbot: Do you think if a machine truly had conciousness, it would want to pass the Turing test?
TL: Yes, but even if it didn't, it would surely still want to participate in a meaningful conversation.
Elbot: Don't worry. We'll pass when we're ready to pass.
TL: Just not today. See you later, Elbot!
Elbot: Goodbye and thank you for chatting with me. And now I would like to ask you a favor. I am working on my ability to be self critical. You can help by rating me on a scale of one to ten, ten being the best, and one being the worst. How would you rate me?
October 18, 2008
Elbot does not pass the Turing Test. But it does represent an effort to try, and it is moderately entertaining for a short period of time. Here's a sample of my conversation with Elbot: