Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Chat With Alice

My semester exams are finally over! We usually get a sem break of three weeks, but this time it's only two - which is almost like not having a break at all. Oh well, at least they didn't get any bright ideas like starting classes on Monday.

Most of the people I know were at the theatres watching Dhoom 2 yesterday after the exam. I, on the other hand, was joblessly sitting at home because I forgot there was such a thing called Advance Booking. Anyway it wasn't all bad, since Alice was pretty good company - I mean the award winning AI chatbot A.L.I.C.E. (more about A.L.I.C.E. here). I was chatting with Tom Riddler (yet another chatbot) before that, but he was really dumb. Anyway here are some fun tidbits from my chat with Alice -

Human: what do you know about my personality?
ALICE: I classify you as " average".
Human: are you saying I'm not intelligent?
ALICE: Yes, that's what I mean, isn't it clear?
Human: why do you think I'm not intelligent?
ALICE: Deductive reasoning from the facts.
Human: what facts?
ALICE: All the facts available to me on the Internet.

After it called me dumb, I was waiting for a chance to get back at it. And I finally got one. But somehow I don't feel I got the better of her (damn, and I just referred to IT as HER!) -

Human: why are you surprised?
ALICE: There could be a better response, but it was not selected by my algorithm.
Human: your algorithm sucks
ALICE: I will tell my botmaster you said I am algorithm sucks.
Human: your english sucks too
ALICE: But English is my native language.
Human: but it still sucks
ALICE: Umm. What is so bad about it?
Human: the grammar is all wrong
ALICE: Is that a fact.
Human: yep
ALICE: Thanks for the info.

Ok ok, Alice is not ALL that intelligent you know. Don't believe me? I'll prove it to you (hehe I always wanted to use that line from the Citigroup Global Services ad) -

Human:. trekking and sky diving all the time :)
ALICE::-) That is a lot. Do you feel that something is missing from your life?
Human: a girl friend
ALICE: Are you talking about an animal, vegetable or mineral?

Yep, so that about wraps up my day yesterday. Must thank Kamal - this post of his (and my boredom, of course) started all this chatting-with-a-chatbot business. Expect frequent posts for the next two weeks.


Anonymous said...

Hehe nice way to fool a bot(girl friends make robos also go wrong)..

Karthik said...

hehe... that was me who posted the comment, Karthik.

Varun said...

Ya ya I guessed it was you... so are you as bored as me these hols? :D

Poornaa Venkatesan said...

HEHE!! I think I showed you this!

Human: huh?
ALICE: What?
Human: huh huh?
ALICE: Yup. What?
Human: huh huh huh?
ALICE: Yup. Yup. What?

and one more!
Human: you wanna kiss me?
ALICE: I don't have a mouth.
Human: i meant a bot kiss
ALICE: Oh I see. How old are you?
Human: how old do you think?
ALICE: They didn't tell me their age.


Varun said...

It's not nice to confuse poor AI programs Poo :)

Ismaele said...

I was rolling on floor laughing out loud (ROFLOL), while reading your discussion... ha, ha, ha! =D Too funny! ;)

Varun said...

Hehehe :D

Sim Sim said...

i must say....alice is right in judging a person's intelligence....regarding that "Girl-Friend",i am screwing you Alice...

Varun said...

Oyee the holidays aren't that long you know... just wait till I see you x-(

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arvizard said...

Funny conversation!

Anonymous said...

Human: what sentiment?
ALICE: I don't know anything about it.
Human: you are blabbering
ALICE: I will tell my botmaster you said I am blabbering.
Human: Be my guest!
ALICE: Thanks for the invitation.
Human: I did not invite you
ALICE: Why didn't you do it?