Just the other day we were talking about Star Wars and it came up with a story about Luke Skywalker’s sex life.
We didn’t programme that in, it’s learned it by reading it somewhere on the internet.
More than 100 teams from 22 countries applied for a 0,000 grant from the multi-national online retailer which has challenged students to build a socialbot that can converse coherently and engagingly with humans on popular topics for 20 minutes.
If you mention somebody like Andy Murray or Bob Dylan, or whoever, it will be able to look through its news archives and tell you something relevant and interesting about this person.
“Alana also has a persona, so it has its own favourite music, books, movies and it can talk about those. Some are because it’s a robot, so it likes Star Wars, of course. (A= Alana, U = user) Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly.
And not only robots, but personal assistants on your phone or computer.
“We think it may be within reach soon to have these 20-minute conversations where people are not getting bored and frustrated and they are interested in talking to this artificial person.
Lemon said: “The interesting problem with that was the robot started saying things like: “I’m going to kill you. We may then apply our discretion under the user terms to amend or delete comments.
You will die.” That’s because those kind of lines often appear in Hollywood films. Anna Faris recently had that exact opportunity on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and she opted for the following: 'Who did Luke lose his virginity to?
It’s very complicated because there are several hundred things that can happen in conversations.
It’s another step towards having socially intelligent robots.
Dr Oliver Lemon, who advises the Heriot-Watt team of Ph D students named ‘What's Up Bot’, admitted he’s already had unexpected conversations about sex with Alana.