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Robots argue about God!

Great clip of two chatbox robots having a conversation together. Loved the fact that when they get onto God they start to argue! These are Artificial Intelligence computer programmes that learn from real people and therefore and displaying types of behaviour that they have “learnt” from human interaction!

The particular AI programme used was called cleverbot and shows two “characters” having a conversation together. When the “female” avatar asks the “male” one if he believes in God there is a great conversation. The “male” answered

“it’s not everything,” to which its counterpart said “not everything could also be something, for example not everything could be half of something, which is still something and therefore nothing.”

What was interesting was that when I first left University my first company was a software company and I had a short time working with one of the directors on “fuzzy logic” looking at what would turn into things like this. Fuzzy logic is the idea that the answers aren’t binary – yes or no – but rather that they could have a value between 0 and 1. It looks to try and do approximation rather than come out with an answer that is exact. It is related to probability but there are important differences.

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2 comments on “Robots argue about God!

  1. nig
    September 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    maybe not quite time to get rid of theological college yet . . .

    . . . or vicars

  2. Rosie Edser
    September 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    I can just imagine people up and down the country telling their computers “you are a meanie”

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