Sexbot cyber chat
‘Hmmmm’, they would confide, ‘when I was younger I used to sleep with my friend’s boyfriends.
But if a man responded (using his credit card as instructed), they started to sound distinctly bottish.
Real women did use the site, but they were massively outnumbered by fake ones. All things that might have passed unnoticed if the bots hadn’t been operating on such an industrial scale. But the sex industry is a serious player in the world of AI bots—more sophisticated programs that can learn from their interactions with humans, and produce novel, unscripted messages.They wouldn’t pass a Turing test, but they’d be able to, as one developer puts it, ‘follow simple instructions’. Levy explained in an interview how you train a bot to do that: You give them lots and lots of examples and they generalize from those examples and they can make the whole of their conversation sound like somebody who talks dirty in a loving way.We teach [the bot] and it generalizes, but it will talk about any subject.In other words: ‘we’re going to teach our bot to emulate the linguistic characteristics of porn’. Paul Andrew mentions ‘picking the brains’ of people who work on sex-chat phone lines.Back in the mid-1990s, the linguistic anthropologist Kira Hall did some research on the language used by phone sex workers (their own term was ‘fantasy makers’) around San Francisco.