Will Aspies form relationships with chatbots as Chinese do?

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20 Aug 2015, 12:25 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/04/science/for-sympathetic-ear-more-chinese-turn-to-smartphone-program.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=1

"She is known as Xiaoice, and millions of young Chinese pick up their smartphones every day to exchange messages with her, drawn to her knowing sense of humor and listening skills. People often turn to her when they have a broken heart, have lost a job or have been feeling down. They often tell her, “I love you.”

"The program remembers details from previous exchanges with users, such as a breakup with a girlfriend or boyfriend, and asks in later conversations how the user is feeling. Xiaoice is a text-messaging program; the next version will include a Siri-like voice so people can talk with Xiaoice.

Microsoft has been able to give Xiaoice a more compelling personality and sense of “intelligence” by systematically mining the Chinese Internet for human conversations. The company has developed language processing technology that picks out pairs of questions and answers from actual typed conversations. As a result, Xiaoice has a database of responses that are human and current — she is fond of using emojis, too."
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20 000 000 people converse with this Microsoft chatbot in China.

Would you develop a relationship with a chatbot?

Are ppl with ASD more or less likely than NTs to do so?

Do you have this kind of relationship with Siri?

What will the future bring as these forms of AI become more and more advanced and become embodied in home robots?

Will you choose a bot as your mate?



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20 Aug 2015, 12:30 pm

No offense, but it could help aspies practice social skills. I'm not criticizing aspies or anything.


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20 Aug 2015, 12:59 pm

On this topic, I recently read this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/fashi ... s-bff.html.

I, for one, would be intrigued by Xiaoice. I doubt I would be able to have a "relationship" with her, friendship or otherwise, but I'd be fascinated by her voice as an AI.


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20 Aug 2015, 1:44 pm

Aspie202 wrote:
No offense, but it could help aspies practice social skills. I'm not criticizing aspies or anything.

I do actually kinda agree. I think it seems like fun. That it can communicate like a human


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