Rough Type commentator alex: “Reminds me of that Futurama episode where they warn of the dangers of Robot-Human Relationships. And the Lucy Liu-bot… well never mind.” Or, RHR to Millikinites
Nicholas Carr relays a reports from Ina Fried of Russian artificial intelligence. The Russian Mafia has something called
Putin is my CyberLover “that poses as a would-be paramour in sex chat rooms, enticing randy gentlemen to reveal personal information.”
The artificial intelligence of CyberLover’s automated chats is good enough that victims have a tough time distinguishing the “bot” from a real potential suitor, [security software firm] PC Tools said. The software can work quickly too, establishing up to 10 relationships in 30 minutes, PC Tools said. It compiles a report on every person it meets complete with name, contact information, and photos …
Among CyberLover’s creepy features is its ability to offer a range of different profiles from “romantic lover” to “sexual predator.” It can also lead victims to a “personal” Web site, which could be used to deliver malware … The software company believes that CyberLover’s creators plan to make it available worldwide in February.
Rough Type asks
Could it be that the Turing Test has finally been beaten – by a sex machine, no less – and that a true artificial intelligence is on the loose? Maybe so, but, as I indicate in the title to this post, this breakthrough will, like Barry Bonds’s homer record, have to carry an asterisk. After all, studies show that when people enter a state of sexual arousal their intelligence drops precipitously. I won’t go so far as to say that the slutbot is cheating, but I will argue that it has an unfair advantage over other AI wannabes.