Why chatting with robots might become more interesting in the future

If you pass a lot of time with artificial intelligence systems that are capable of discourse, you’re likely to notice how few conversations they actually initiate; and, once a conversation is under way, how little they are disposed to take it in a new or tangential direction. Of course, Siri or Cortana might be the first to begin an exchange, but it’s inevitably prompted by some due event in a calendar or other external factor. At the current state of the art, an AI is also not likely to introduce abstract or tangential comments into a Turing test, no matter how boring the conversation gets. However, a team of Chinese research scientists has developed a new model which could make chatting with AIs more productive and fruitful by adding the…


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