The ultimate shock will come when software can render deepfakes in realtime to carry on a conversation, as your friend but not. As a politician who “said crazy stuff” but really didn’t, but it’s in the realm of believability.
I would give it about 20 years until it all goes to shit. If you thought fake news was bad, realtime deepfakes and AI conversations with “friends” will be worse.
(If you go 50 years out people can start building sleeper bots with reputations to subvert community consensus, eg about science or politics. All our systems will be subverted. Don’t believe me? How far are we from that with “skeptical” blog comments and tweets or sorta-believable allegations ruining people’s reputations?)
https://arxiv.org/abs/1811.00207 - Towards Empathetic Open-domain Conversation Models: a New Benchmark and Dataset
https://arxiv.org/abs/1811.01241 - Wizard of Wikipedia: Knowledge-Powered Conversational agents
https://arxiv.org/abs/1810.10665 - Engaging Image Captioning Via Personality
https://arxiv.org/abs/1902.08654 - What makes a good conversation? How controllable attributes affect human judgments
And a demo of a bot that they've produced:
Human: I'm a huge football fan - the Eagles are my
Knowledgable model: I've always been more of a fan
of the American football team from Pittsburgh, the
What does stilt it is the superfluous repeating of football as if the context was unclear in which for a human, it is. Then to clarify that further by stating "american football", does kinda add to the stiltedness. Then to state the location even further, as a football fan who was aware of their team, would be aware of other teams, because they are a huge football fan.
The more human way of responding would of been more along the lines of:
I've always been a Steelers fan myself.
Though, banter and smacktalk of competitive sports fans, for an AI to blend in with that and get the balance right, that will be interesting to see play out as is. Expect the AI to go into parenting mode and ask why all the negativity.
That they are now addressing the consistency of their own model shows that they are barely able to understand what the model itself is saying, let alone what the other party is saying.
They give you a character to play, you are given 2 answers one from a bot one from a real person.
You respond to the one you think is best, interesting, took too long to connect me to another 'player' didn't get a chance to actually play yet