Consider an incident that happened last year, in which a man on OKCupid decided to feed all the chats he received from his female matches into Cleverbot, one of the more advanced online chatbots.
This meant that “his” responses were really Cleverbot’s responses. To see if women would know they were talking to a robot.
A friend recently came to me with a problem: He was chatting with a sexy blond woman on Tinder and couldn’t tell if she was a real person.
For the past two days he had been talking with her under the assumption she was a carbon-based life form, but then he started to question her responses.
It’s not that she was spamming him with promotional links or trying to get him onto a camgirl site—but her answers were curt, plus she asked a lot of questions.
She also provided few details about herself and said things like “Wanna cuddle? She was either a really sophisticated bot or a really uninteresting human.
For the uninitiated, chatbots are computer programs that have been designed to simulate conversation with humans—and they’re everywhere.