Stanford academics peeved over LaMDA chatbot brouhaha
AI + ML05 Aug 2022 | 114
People who regularly talk to AI chatbots often start to believe they're sentient, says CEO
In brief Plus: Activists fight for EU ban on AI lie detectors, and is the age prediction tool used by Meta accurate?
AI + ML04 Jul 2022 | 44
Why machine-learning chatbots find it difficult to respond to idioms, metaphors, rhetorical questions, sarcasm
'Understanding the meaning of such expressions relies on shared cultural and commonsense cues' ... which machines lack, new study details
AI + ML08 Nov 2021 | 99
User to chatbot: Help! My kid has COVID! Chatbot to user: Always wear a condom
Singapore pulls plug on 'Ask Jamie' after it also suggested polio jabs and other 'misaligned replies'
AI + ML06 Oct 2021 | 34
In a devastating blow to all eight of you, Microsoft pulls the plug on Cortana's Android, iOS apps
Chatty digital assistant can still be found on Outlook, Teams, Windows
Applications01 Apr 2021 | 32
Researchers made an OpenAI GPT-3 medical chatbot as an experiment. It told a mock patient to kill themselves
We'd rather see Dr Nick, to be honest
AI + ML28 Oct 2020 | 82
Amazon Lex can now speak British English... or simply 'English' if you're British
Alexa-derived chatbot tech allegedly understands 'the British accent', but fails to recognise that there are many
Bootnotes17 Sep 2020 | 93
Microsoft says ciao to Xiaoice: Formerly unpatriotic Chinese teenager sim flies the nest
Redmond will retain stake in popular chatbot service
AI + ML13 Jul 2020 | 3
Google says its latest chatbot is the most human-like ever – trained on our species' best works: 341GB of social media
Although Meena makes sense, most of the time, color us skeptical of a scoring system devised by web giant
AI + ML30 Jan 2020 | 55
What could go wrong? Redmond researchers release a blabbering bot trained on Reddit chats
But you're going to have to insert a decoder yourself as Microsoft's left the safety on this tech
AI + ML07 Nov 2019 | 23
It's possible to reverse-engineer AI chatbots to spout nonsense, smut or sensitive information
Pick one trained with salacious conversations for maximum fun
AI + ML20 Sep 2019 | 26
Do you want fr-AI-s with that appy-meal? McDonald's gobbles machine-learning biz for human-free Drive Thrus
AI'm Lovin' It
AI + ML11 Sep 2019 | 35
#MeToo chatbot, built by AI academics, could lend a non-judgmental ear to sex harassment and assault victims
Prototype tries to offer help, advice to people uncomfortable discussing abuse with others
AI + ML11 Sep 2019 | 21
Hello there. You're overspending on AWS! Cloud giant introduces Chatbot for Slack chat alerts and diagnostics
Amazon Web Services' work-in-progress beta talks... but does not listen
SaaS25 Jul 2019 |
Just forget what Gartner said about AI in June 'cos CIOs are all over it now apparently
Are these the stats you were looking for? Reverse ferret by tech research giant
AI + ML21 Jan 2019 | 29
Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot
*By which we mean missed bin collections, fly-tipping etc.
Bootnotes05 Sep 2018 | 40
Microsoft's Chinese chatbot inspired by images to write poetry
Xiaoice's verse is 'disgusting' say rival human poets
AI + ML15 Aug 2018 | 30
Low AI rollout caused by dumb, fashion-victim management – Gartner
Science12 Jun 2018 | 29
What do voters want? An IRL Maybot? Sure, give that a whirl
Tory council candidate moots an even more robotic PM – for the 'more personable touch'
AI + ML18 Jan 2018 | 32
Facebook gives its 007s license to kill M, its not particularly intelligent AI
Personal assistant that needed human help gets the boot
AI + ML09 Jan 2018 | 5
IBM asks remaining staff to take career advice from HR-bot
'Myca' has staff eating cognitive dog food, which may taste better than prevailing bitterness
AI + ML14 Nov 2017 | 43
Chatbots: A load of hype or fancy lifehack for the lazy IT person?
Some of these buggers are adept at handling the mundane
AI + ML21 Sep 2017 | 10
Virtual assistant backlash imminent so buy them anyway
Say what now, Gartner?
Software17 Aug 2017 | 35
Off-messenger: Chinese chatbot ain't no commie
IM app QQ 'adjusting' bots that revealed unpatriotic sentiments
AI + ML03 Aug 2017 | 5
Facebook pulls plug on language-inventing chatbots? THE TRUTH
Far be it from us to lecture journos on overreacting but cripes – calm down
AI + ML01 Aug 2017 | 51
Facebook tried teaching bots art of negotiation – so the AI learned to lie
Given training data was real human chatter, this says more about us than anything else
AI + ML15 Jun 2017 | 25
Facebook parlays bot bet into ParlAI dialog framework
With human trainers, bots may finally get smart enough to hold complex conversations
AI + ML16 May 2017 | 1
Amazon's Alexa is worst receptionist ever: Crazy exes, stalkers' calls put through automatically
Ability to screen callers, block people Coming Soon™
Science12 May 2017 | 46
Bot you see is what you get: The cold reality of Microsoft's chat 'AI'
Build Look, it's a fancy user interface, not actual intelligence
Science11 May 2017 | 21
Another AI assistant... It's getting crowded in here, isn't it, Siri?
Analysis Amazon pushes Alexa into host of devices as teeming throng of AIs fills room
AI + ML03 May 2017 | 20
LinkedIn chatbots to help with 'important conversations'
What could possibly go wrong?
On-Prem02 May 2017 | 27
CompSci boffins find Reddit is ideal source for sarcasm database
In pleasing irony, Redditors tag their snark and make themselves ideal test subjects
AI + ML24 Apr 2017 | 36
Please don't call them Facebook chatbots, says Facebook's bot boss
F8 2017 That whole conversation-as-a-UI thing was just a big misunderstanding
AI + ML19 Apr 2017 | 21
Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI
Hands on Imagine Clippy dishing out sarcastic headlines. Who wouldn't want that?
AI + ML17 Mar 2017 | 37
Facebook scales back AI flagship after chatbots hit 70% f-AI-lure rate
'The limitations of automation'
AI + ML22 Feb 2017 | 23
GitHubbers invited to hack Davis, the microservices chat bot
Talking technical with Dynatrace
Devops07 Feb 2017 | 4
'Alexa, manage my enterprise storage'
No, says Tintri, it isn’t nonsense. (Psst, want to see a demo?)
Storage31 Jan 2017 | 9
El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers
Analysis So many things to solve, eg: how can there be conversation without memory?
AI + ML18 Jan 2017 | 51
Sysadmin chatbots: We have the technology
Storage Blockhead Hey Alexa, manage my system!
Storage16 Jan 2017 | 16
‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news
Putting the 'AI' into FAIL
AI + ML02 Jan 2017 | 132
Hey Tintri. Mac? Rack? No, I said what's happening with my stack?
Tintri tossing out out chatbot-ready TOS automation, cloud, container support
Storage01 Nov 2016 |
Amazon: Students, we'll give you $2.5m for a chat-up, AI?
Chatbot interaction needs to be 'natural', though
AI + ML30 Sep 2016 | 6
Microsoft chatbots: Sweet XiaoIce vs foul-mouthed Tay
Cultural differences, eh?
AI + ML29 Sep 2016 | 9
Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?
Machine-learning boffins debate making software human
AI + ML23 Sep 2016 | 28
Google's Allo chat app hits a downside to AI: Bot must hoard private messages to train itself
Stay in incognito mode to get secure texting
AI + ML22 Sep 2016 | 16
Google buys startup biz, slurps up its NLP brains
Nah, not that neuro-bollocks – natural language processing
On-Prem20 Sep 2016 | 3
Microsoft's beta language service gets C# dev kit
Yet another chatbot to train
Software31 Aug 2016 | 12
Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets
The power of automated persistence
AI + ML28 Jun 2016 | 29
Microsoft GitHubs BotBuilder framework behind Tay chatbot
Hey kids! Now you can write your own bodgy bot!
Software31 Mar 2016 | 16
Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours
SIGINT? More like SIGHEIL
Bootnotes24 Mar 2016 | 129
VMware wants IM clients to hookup with calendars and databases
Patents seek back channel data lookups based on IM content
Software18 Jul 2014 | 4
Wannabe-human bots face 2012 Turing Test in Turing's old office
Bletchley Park chosen to mark 100th anniversary of boffin's birth
AI + ML25 Apr 2012 | 20