Spanish researchers from the University of Deusto near Bilbao have designed the chat bot, called Negobot, using artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and machine learning so that it can convincingly chat like a teenager, with as much of the slang, misspellings, memory, and conversational ability that comes with a human teenager. Carlos Laorden, told the BBC that past chat bots have tended to be too predictable: The most innovative aspect of Negobot may be a key differentiator that makes it appear more lifelike: namely, the incorporation of the advanced decision-making strategies used in game theory.
In a paper about their creation, the researchers describe how they’ve taught the robot to consider a conversation itself as a game.
Is this starting to sound uncomfortably like entrapment? John Carr, a UK government adviser on child protection, told the BBC that overburdened police could be aided by the technology, but the software could well cross the line and entice people to do things they otherwise might not: The BBC reports that Negobot has been field-tested on Google chat and could be translated into other languages.
The Negobot will try to string along conversationalists who want to leave, with tactics such as asking for help with family, bullying or other typical adolescent problems.Negobot keeps track of its conversations with all users, both for future references and to keep a record that could be sent to the authorities if, in fact, the subject is determined to be a paedophile. The bot gives off only brief, trivial information, including name, age, gender and hometown.If the subject wants to keep talking, the bot may talk about favorite films, music, drugs, or family issues, but it doesn’t get explicit until sex comes into the conversation.In 2005 Prelude won the prestigious chatterbox contest in the category of self-learning chatbot.A self learning or teachable chatbot can learn and develop without any pre-fabricated knowledge.We will also be enabling the chatbot to be personalized, so that when a limited edition chatbot is “born” it will already know a lot about its user and will be attracted to its user’s personality, background and other characteristics.