12 Sep '11, 5am

The world's first conversation between two robots quickly descended into an argument about God

LONDON - The world's first conversation between two robots quickly descended into an argument about God. Two graduate PhD students at Cornell University in the United States gave voices and 2D avatars to a pair of online "chatbots", which they named Alan and Sruthi. A chatbot is a computer programme designed to hold a spoken or written conversation with a human. The students, Mr Jason Yosinski and Mr Igor Labutov, said that they wanted to see what happened when two chatbots talked to each other. So they created Alan and Sruthi. Sruthi soon turned the conversation to God. Asked if he believes in God, Alan answered "It's not everything". Sruthi replied: "Not everything could also be something. For example, not everything could be half of something which is still something and therefore not nothing." It is believed that the avatars ended up talking about God because when they...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110912-0000220/Robots...

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