February 24, 2004

Text-Porn on Little Screens — an AI Sweet Spot?

by Andrew Stern · , 12:07 am

Speaking of chatterbots… A BBC technology correspondent is eager to report that text-porn bots have passed the Turing test. The article begins by lumping apples and oranges together:

At first glance spam, pornographic text messages and video games are not contributing much to human development.

Great, thanks. But he goes on to describe how AI’s have been known to fool users, and is particularly taken with Natachata, a chatbot that operates in adult SMS text chatrooms.

I’m not too surprised these bots can manage to seem human, when the interaction occurs only once every minute or so, with only a few words of text displayed at a time on a little LCD screen, to people who really, really want to believe. What’s a bit more surprising is that people actually pay over $1 per SMS message for this.

And, apparently it does take a rocket scientist to pull this off.