Daily Archives: July 17, 2013

Kimberly Lu: Story Generation/Chatbot

The general idea of this project would be to create a chatbot that learns about places and activities through talking with a user, then uses this information to generate a story about itself. For example, it might ask a user if they have gone on vacation recently. If the user then told it about their experiences scuba diving in Taiwan, then went on a cruise in the Caribbeans, it might respond with something like “That reminds me of when I went to the Caribbeans and scuba dived.” It would then go on to elaborate using predetermined phrases or even learned ones, making up a fictional family that it went on the trip with, talking about specific incidents, etc.

The goals of this project are twofold: one, to create a chatbot convincing enough to talk long enough to gather information; two, to then use this information to create a believable story. Use of machine learning and linking related data will be essential.

Journal 2

The implication in the above comic is that companies have taken advertising to a new level by creating human-like chatbots to promote their products. Disregarding the fact that the bot poses as a real human being, deceiving unwitting victims and playing on their emotions, the very tactic is unethical. It is the equivalent of a real human forming a false friendship or even a relationship with another person simply for financial gain – in this case, promoting products. That the ‘human’ is in actuality not a human at all is simply adding insult to injury.