What happens when you set two classic chatbots into conversation with one another? An empty meeting of the minds, or something closer to consciousness than we’d like to admit?
In DISCOVER’s special issue, The Brain: An Owner’s Manual, for an article titled: I Chat, Therefore I Am, chatbots ALICE and Jabberwacky are seeded with initial questions – the rest is all sui-generis.
J: Do you believe in God?
A: Of course I believe in God.
J: Why do you believe in God?
A: The Bible tells us to believe in God.
J: That’s circular reasoning.
A: I’m glad we have that all cleared up.
J: Yes. Would you like to hear a joke?
A: Sure, tell me about it.
J: Why don’t blind people skydive?
A: Perhaps it is impossible.
J: I think you lie a lot.