|Halloween Q&A with an AI Twist|
While it's a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with this particular learning software can be mildly entertaining.
Here's the most recent interview I had with Cleverbot last month: Celebrating Labor Day with Cleverbot.
Since today is Halloween, I thought it would be interesting to get Cleverbot's take on this holiday.
Here's the unedited conversation I had with Cleverbot this morning regarding Halloween.
User: Hi Cleverbot, Happy Halloween!!
Cleverbot: Are you happy?
User: Certainly, it's Halloween - the single greatest candy exchange day in the world - why wouldn't I be happy?
Cleverbot: How do you find partners?
User: Partners? What do you mean? Neighborhood children dress up in costumes and go door-to-door trick or treating. That's how Halloween works.
Cleverbot: Are you British?
User: British? What does that have to do with Queen Mary's knickers? Oh, do you mean like for a Halloween costume? I guess I could be British but that's not very creative. I could grab some fake, ugly orthodonics ala Austin Powers but that's not a great idea. How about you? What will you dress up as on Halloween?
Cleverbot: The hat on which you sat.
User: How's that? The hat on which I sat? Ah, a costume like the Cat in the Hat. Well fancy that. Unfortunately, my fat in back made your hat flat as a mat and that - regettably - is that. So what kind of candy is your favorite?
Cleverbot: Chocolate. I like Mars Bars.
User: Good choice, why do you like that so much?
Cleverbot: Because they taste good.
User: I can't argue with that. Will you go trick or treating tonight?
Cleverbot: That's good to hear.
User: Hmmm....I'm not sure you're paying attention, perhaps you're excited about overdosing on Mars Bars. I asked if you plan on going trick or treating tonight for Halloween?
Cleverbot: So who am I talking to now?
User: Um....just me - the same guy, I haven't morphed into a goblin or ghoul. You're being very evasive Cleverbot. Does Halloween make you scared?
Cleverbot: Don't be scared! The only way I'm able to hurt you is to widen your view of the world.
User: Ummm...thanks for that tip (I think) - so where will you go trick or treating?
Cleverbot: The Kilimanjaro mountain!
User: What?!?!? I didn't know they celebrate Halloween in Africa!?!?
Cleverbot: Will you build me a mast?
User: Huh? What does a mast have to do with Halloween or the Serengeti Plains of the African continent???
Cleverbot: I didn't say it had anything to do with that. You're not thinking!
User: Actually, I'm the only one in this conversation that is thinking - what kind of treats do you expect to get trick-or-treating near a volcanic mountain chain in Tanzania anyway??
Cleverbot: Are we talking about a tree?
User: Ugh! Like I said, I'm the only one who's thinking here. Let's try something differenet - what's your least favorite candy?
Cleverbot: I don't think I have a least favorite candy, but I'm not very fond of chocolate.
User: What??? Two minutes ago chocolate was your favorite candy. Now I'm certain that your intelligence is artificial. Do you even know how Halloween started?
Cleverbot: Started what?
User: How Halloween started as a holiday celebration?
Cleverbot: My day is going good so far.
User: Hmmm...apparently you've skipped breakfast again and your blood sugar is low, making you loopy. Well hopefully a big dose of candy tonight will take care of that. Happy Halloween Cleverbot!!!
Cleverbot: Wait, should I throw a party?
User: If I were you, I wouldn't throw anything - people are liking to misunderstand and throw eggs at your house.
Cleverbot: I know. What's THAT all about?
User: Indeed. Happy Halloween not-so-Cleverbot!