Not to take anything away from your awesome chatbot experiment, but I feel a little like Crocodile Dundee when he said, That’s not a knife. This is a knife.”
Here is IBM’s Project Debater taking on one of the greatest debaters on earth:
They battled to a near draw on a tough subject. My take is she vastly outdid the human in knowledge, but he said he was able to pull out the win by using personal experience, which she didn’t have, and appealing to human emotion.
I have the deepest respect for both Ben & Richard and their logic, but having been involved in AI for so many years, I no longer bet against anything. We thought for years that it could never do pattern recognition like humans and we used as an example a line drawing of Lincoln’s profile, which every American could identify instantly and no computer had a chance at. Now, AI crushes humans at some facial recognition tasks along with recognizing tumors on MRIs when competing against trained radiologists.
So far human + AI > AI or human alone in most cases, and it isn’t yet very good with humor or emotion, but I’m not betting against it.