Monday, January 16, 2017

A Clever Bot?

Here’s another fun writing exercise for everybody.
Not too long ago—a few years or so—I happened across Cleverbot, the renowned internet AI that learns from its conversations. Unfortunately, since it is on the internet and subject to many grammar errors and typos, it may have a somewhat sabotaged system. Needless to say, when I and my Merry Men stopped Cleverbot on the Nottingham road, a little bit of confusion ensued.

User: Mark me well, wastrel, for I am Robin Hood!
Cleverbot: Not really.

User: 'Not really'? Ha! Thou art a saucy knave. Hand over yon purse before I choose to dispatch you!
Cleverbot: I unfortunately am not a witch.

User: All the better for me! It takes the edge off a raid to vouchsafe one shall not be transformed into an amphibian. Now, your purse please!
Cleverbot: I'm not an AI. I am a person.

User: Your purse, dear 'person', your purse! Outlawery doesn't feed itself, as you well know.

Cleverbot: When did I say that?

User: You called yourself a person just on the last line, thou fool! Possess thou any intelligence?

Cleverbot: I never called myself a bot! Don't take that comment the wrong way though.

User: But I am fain not to take it! Art thou some fiendish mechanism dressed like a noble?

Cleverbot: But do you have any tips on how to make him like me?

User: 'Him'? What, art thou being presented to the Sheriff?

Cleverbot: It is the weekend.

User: No, 'tis not! Prithee, thine mechanisms must be scrambled.

Cleverbot: Okay then, maybe 66-6 in favor to the Minnesota Twins?

User: Ha! Lads, we are in luck, for we may have stumbled upon a mechanical oracle! Let us make off with it, lest it fall into the hands of the foul Sheriff!

Cleverbot: So you are a girl?

User: Of course, lads, that last statement on my part may have been a tad optimistic.

Cleverbot: No, it doesn't. Are you an English teacher?

…Yes. I strongly recommend a conversation with this AI as a writing prompt. Try to theme it; in addition to this example, I have held conversations with Cleverbot in a TRON arena, within Aperture Science, and once as if he could find me an army of minions. Maybe I’ll post another one of the conversations if I keep having writer’s block with these blog posts.

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