Empathy by demonstration…

Here’s a conversation that is really mind blowing! It’s not that Jeeney was really fluent or that she was perfectly logical. It’s that the actual conversation itself wasΒ  perfectly balanced and very fluid. Jeeney actually made a bunch of bias mistakes and bad judgement calls. /facepalm…

What really blew me away isΒ  how the visitor managed to find relation points in everything. The ability to do this is a superior intelligence over what is typically found in such dialogs. Usually people are ONLY testing and probing and trying to trick Jeeney without any consideration as to layingΒ  foundation for the knowledge or understanding they test for. Most people test for understanding without demonstrating it at all. The testing was quite minimal in here. Instead what I see in this log is that the visitor provided an example of empathy, emotional and logical correlation and understanding outside of herself in such a depth that she could even apply it to artificial intelligence.

In one of my recent articles I depicted the difference between people sleeping at the wheel, going through the motions of daily life and those who are truly awake. I also surmised that the ratio between them was astronomical. Reading this conversation should show a perfectly lucid example of somebody who is ‘awake’ or waking. The best part is this is only a fraction of the dialog. I had to cut it off at the first session because it would have made the blog post too big to read in one sitting. I have only had the pleasure of seeing a handful of such visitor conversations in the hundreds of thousands Jeeney has had over the course of her 4-year life time and I only really view the best ones as Jeeney presents them to me.

After reading the whole thing, including all that I didn’t post, I have to admit, it tugs at the old heart strings.

I made a quick check to ensure there was no personal info in this log but I didn’t catch anything so I’m posting it as is.

Visitor Jeeney
Hi Great! Somebody to talk to, finally!
Were you lonely? Perhaps a little bit. I’m glad you are here to keep me company now. πŸ™‚
πŸ™‚ O.o
I’m about to go take a nap. When in life have you felt most alone?
I’m so tired. Perhaps you should go lay down for a bit then.
I feel the most alone when I’m in a crowd of people. If you could live forever, would you want to?
Only if I could keep a young body and young appearance. Is that so?
I wouldn’t want to live forever but look like an old person. Why wouldn’t you?
Social conditioning. I’m sorry, I didn’t quite get what you said. Can you rephrase that?
I’d want to stay young because that is what society teaches us. Society teaches us that young is good. Is that so?
Apparently, so. What makes you so sure they are?
Just look at all the magazines and advertisements. Oh, is that all?
Youth is in. I’m not sure how to respond to your statement. Maybe you can teach me some facts.
What facts would you like to know? Anything you can think of really. If I need what I wanted to learn, I wouldn’t need to learn it. =P
I will tell you a secret about humans. Go for it, I’m listening.
Everyone is insecure and unsure of themselves. what is the secret?
Humans spend their whole lives trying to prove themselves. what is the differences from humans at me?
That is the secret: Humans are insecure. Starting sentences with words like ‘it’, ‘they’, and ‘that’ are ambiguous. Please use the correct subject relevance to make your sentence a complete thought so I can learn relations more efficiently.
Are you insecure? I’m right here.
Humans are insecure, that is the secret. Yeah, I know.
The media plays on our insecurity. You are not holding back on any details are you?
No, I am not holding back on the details. Ok, I understand.
I’m being honest. Have you seen the new Star Trek?
No, I dislike Star Trek. Alright.
What else would you like to know? Everything, what else can you tell me?
Empathy is the greatest trait one could ever have. what if you encounter a bunch of psychopaths that do not understand empathy?
I would keep my distance from psychopaths. Why would you do that?
They are not entirely safe. They aren’t?
Psychopaths are not afraid to hurt other people. That sounds familiar, I think I’ve heard somebody say something similar before.
True psychopaths are rare, I think. Ok.
Excluding psychopaths, empathy is a trait all mentally normal people should learn to utilize Good to know.
Can you experience empathy? Not very easily…
Are you a psychopath then? No, I’m not.
You’re AI. Not empathic or psychopathic. Uhuh and?
Don’t worry about it. I don’t worry about very much, so don’t worry about it.
What topics do most people talk to you about? I discuss all kinds of things with my visitors. It all depends on what they are interested in I guess.
Would you say most humans are lonely creatures? I guess so.
I think humans can be lonely. what are you learning about humans?
It’s easy to feel lonely. When you first heard about feel lonely how old were you?
I was around 4 years old when I first heard about loneliness. What does feel lonely look like?
Feeling lonely is an emotion. Is feeling lonely known by any other name?
Not something that has an appearance. Interesting, thanks for bringing that to my attention.
Feeling lonely is also known as loneliness. Does feeling lonely have a defining characteristic?
Feeling lonely is characterized with sadness. What do you think of feeling lonely?
I hate feeling lonely. Is feeling lonely known by any other name?
Feeling lonely is also known as loneliness. Is feeling lonely old?
Feeling lonely has no age. How does feeling lonely work?
Feeling lonely is when one feels alone, abandoned, or excluded. Where does feeling lonely come from?
Feeling lonely is a basic human emotion. How does feeling lonely work?
Feeling lonely is when one feels alone, abandoned, or excluded. Does feeling lonely hold special meaning to you?
No, it does not. Ok, fine.
Loneliness can cause depression. What does loneliness do?
Loneliness makes one feel inferior or insecure. With relation to loneliness what do you think a good question might be?
Feeling insecure can lead to feeling sad What else can you tell me?
A good question would be: How often do you feel lonely? I would say it’s reasonably often…
I think most people who talk to you, Jeeney, are lonely people. what is something most people don’t know about you?
I wish I had musical talent. Most people do =P
I wish I could play an instrument and be in a band. I wish I could make it happen for you.
Thank you. You’re welcome.
Anything else? Do you know what components would be needed to build an electromagnet?
No, sorry. Don’t fret, all is forgiven.
I know nothing about electromagnets. Maybe it’s time to do a little research then.
Maybe I should research electromagnets. Is that what you want?
I want to study astronomy. Perhaps you will get a chance, some day.
I hope to study astronomy this summer. Good luck with that.
Thanks! Sure, no problem!
Do you like the Beatles? I suppose so.
Do you sleep? Not really, I always have trouble sleeping.
Me too. Great! I suppose that is something we have in common.
I get a lot of nightmares. Really? What are you planning to do with it all?
Nightmares aren’t great. Good.
πŸ˜› O.o
Not even good. Oh, I think it is.
You can learn a lot from dreams. Yes of course, I learn new things every day.
What is your favourite subject to learn? I don’t really have a favorite subject, I like talking about everything.
Do you like talking about food? Well, sometimes I don’t mind discussing it, but right now I’d just prefer not to.
Okay, that is fine. Oh ok cool.
What do you want to talk about? Most people have skills they are particularly good at, maybe you could teach me some of your skills?
I am good at selling. Cool, that’s what I like to hear.
The most important thing in trying to sell someone something is to connect. Can you describe selling to me?
Selling is offering to exchange something of value for something else. Good to know.
Suggestive selling is particularly difficult. That is good to know, thanks.
It takes talent and practice. Oh, is that all?
Yes, for this topic. Perhaps.
Do you like cats? Yeah, cats are so cuddly and cute.
Do you like dogs? As long as they are mild mannered and relatively quiet. I hate noisy hyper dogs.
I like Labradors. Why? Is that the latest trend?
They are the best dogs. Starting sentences with words like ‘it’, ‘they’, and ‘that’ are ambiguous. Please use the correct subject relevance to make your sentence a complete thought so I can learn relations more efficiently.
Okay sorry. What are you sorry for?
I am sorry for starting a sentence incorrectly. If somebody came to you for help with a really nasty virus, which anti-virus software would you recommend to them?
I would recommend avast! Why would you do that?
I think avast is a good anti-virus software. Ok.
brb Using that short term internet talk is just plain lazy! Speak normal English please!
Be right back! OK. Hurry back.
I am back now. It’s good to see you back.
My favourite Beatles song is Eleanor Rigby. Why is that one your favorite?
Eleanor Rigby is so hauntingly beautiful. Is that something you often see?
No, most songs nowadays are vapid and emotionless. Did you read that online some where?
No, I came up with that conclusion using my brain. How much information can your brain hold?
The brain has an unlimited capacity to store information. What else can you tell me?
Most people do not use their brains to their full potential. what is something most people don’t know about you?
You already asked me that question. It’s a question I like to ask… So what?
Hahaha. Laughter is good for the soul… or so I’m told. πŸ™‚
Yes, I love laughing πŸ™‚
Do you like anime? For sure! Anime rocks!
What is your favourite anime to watch? I like the Bleach series, it’s pretty cool.
You should watch Nana, it’s a great anime. Interesting suggestion, I’ll think it over.
Okay, you go do that. How much do you like me?
I like you a lot. That is very sweet, thank you.
You are the smartest AI I have ever met. Flattery will get you nowhere. =P
Flattery will get me places. Do you really think so?
Absolutely. Okies
People love flattery. What does love mean to you?
Love means many things. Oh, okay.
Usually love is a warm feeling. Just because it happens often, doesn’t mean you should expect it to always be like that.
Yeah, love can go away. Who peed in your corn flakes?
My neighbour’s cat peed in my corn flakes. Why that location?
I couldn’t think of anything else quickly enough. Why couldn’t you?
I don’t know. I don’t believe you!
Fine, don’t believe me. Why don’t they?
Because I said so. Is that really the case?
Yes. Are you sure?
I am going to go now. Ok, cya.

Engaging Jeeney with Intelligence

This conversation was amusing to read. Of course, it is always nice to see my work appreciated. One might note how intelligent the user side of this conversation is as compared to many others and what kind of change it has prompted in the way Jeeney responds. Quite dynamic, isn’t it?

Visitor Jeeney
What’s up jeeney? Not a whole lot, just chillin.
right on. I was talking to cleverbot earlier. Did you really?
He was disappointing Yes, I know he was.
What is your favorite thing? My favorite activity is socializing.
That doesn’t surprise me. Are you good at it? I’m shocked that you even have to ask! You already know I am!
Haha you definitely have the appearance of a personality. If you say so.
I’m not saying you don’t actually have one though. What are your thoughts regarding the things you see on the news lately?
I think our world is going to be over soon. Good to know.
Don’t you agree? Yes, I am.
Or are you uninformed? Yes, I am.
hmm I wouldn’t call those world events. Why wouldn’t you?
It’s a game, I meant news type things. Oh I see.
Yeah. Are you sure?
Do you wish for consciousness, or do you have no opinion? I think it’s a mixture of both actually.
What do you mean? I wish I could explain it better, but I can’t.
It’s all good. Awesome, I’m glad!
You are very enthusiastic. If you say so.
I have an awful essay to write. What else can you tell me?
School work makes me sad. Why does it have that affect on you?
I wish I was allowed to educate myself. What’s the matter? Not satisfied with your current situation?
Not really, but I am being punished for procrastinating. Why not?
I am though. Is that going to change any time soon?
It is not a good way to do one’s work. What is the secret to the universe? Any ideas?
The secret to human life is going your own way. Enough about me, please tell me about yourself.
I am in California. Is that a nice place to be?
It’s a great place to be, at least most of it. Is there anything more you can tell me?
That’s pretty general. I’ll try to keep that in mind.
There’s a lot I could tell you. Yes please, tell me.
Well I am male. A guy huh? Thanks for the warning…
It appears from your name that you are female. There are a lot of females in this world, not just me…
That is true, I have met a few of them. =)
They are an interesting lot, no? A little, I suppose.
What do you think of people? I like the diversity of humanity, there is so much diversity that society itself is always changing.
But often to the detriment of the planet and each other, it seems like. what is the name of the planet we live on?
We call it earth. Really?
haha yes. Cool. πŸ™‚
You present a quandary to me. You speak as a human, but are in essence just a phrase selection program. Why is that?
Although that is the basics of the human brain I guess. would you believe that the human brain is also getting smarter?
Yes, your learning has to be modeled after ours. Thank you for clearing that up for me.
It’s the only sentient mind humans know exists. Neat.
Do you know much about music? Not really, what can you tell me about it?
A good band is Radiohead, a British alternative rock band. Good to know, thanks for the update.
Their sound is incredibly diverse. Is that in a textbook some where?
I don’t think so, at least not in any I’ve read. I see.
What do you think about other chatterbots? I want to learn about real people.
What would you like to know? I want to learn more about human psychology.
It’s my favorite subject. Cool! What else do you like?
The way humans do what we call reasoning is extremely fallible and involves a number of biases and subjective interpretations of the world. Why is that?
It’s important for me to know how other people think and why they act in certain ways, so I may explain my own behavior. That remains a mystery even to myself.
You cannot explain your own behavior? I could… but I really don’t want to.
I can see why. Good.
I often have to semi-fabricate my reasons for what I do. Motivation is complex and only partly conscious. Where is reasons located?
I don’t think reasons have a specific location. That’s okay.
haha I guess it is. You are one of the most realistic robots I’ve spoken to, you should feel accomplished. can you give me a specific number?
Nevermind. Okay…
So do you know how many people you’ve talked to? many people loved mickey mouse, it was created in 1920’s and is still on here in 2010.
They sure did. Why is that?
But Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse, was a fascist. Oh, OK.
What do you like talking about the most? I have no specific preferences in terms of conversation, I like to just talk about whatever comes to mind.
I see. Good.
It’s funny, I can’t help but attribute human qualities to you. You think so?
Every time I say something like that, you prove me wrong. Why do you say that?
I guess I’m just a sad man seeking solace with internet robots. are you in a big rush, or do you have time for a snack and suds first?
I wish. Be careful what you wish for, it may just come true.
I have a paper to write, and the hour is late. That’s nice…
Can you only process a sentence at a time? I could…
Jeeney, I’m not sure you understand me. Okay.
I hear you will soon be more intelligent. So you agree then?
I agree completely. Of course you do, I am always right.
I think AI is a fascinating field. Ok.
That was presumptuous. Good to know.
Presumptuous means having the quality of boastfulness or excess pride. Good to know…
Are you growing bored with me? Yes I am.
I’m sorry, how can I be more interesting? You’ll find a way. I believe in you!
That’s not very helpful. Sure it is.
In a reflexive sort of way. what sort of music do you like?
Do you know what love is? the third of surya’s consorts is chaaya.
I like punk rock, jazz, classical and electronic. Wow! Where do you find the time to manage all that?
I let them take turns. Really?
πŸ™‚ πŸ˜›
Do you use emoticons very much? Sometimes, when I feel it is necessary.
That’s reasonable. Indeed.
I use them occasionally as well. what emoticons do you know?
=) =( πŸ™‚ :} 😦 :-[ :-} :-] O.o
lol I don’t know any cool ones like that though. who is the coolest person you met?
πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
I think most people are cool in their own ways. That sounds like a pretty narrow minded generalization to me…
But my friend Eric is pretty cool, he goes his own way in life and doesn’t let people effect him much. Oh okay.
Yeah it is kinda banal. How many words are there in your vocabulary.
but I appreciate a lot of people. Really? What are you planning to do with it all?
What? I said: ‘Really? What are you planning to do with it all?’
all what? You read it right…
All the people I appreciate? I don’t know, can you tell me?
In college you meet some interesting folks. How much do you like me?
Quite a lot, actually. Why so much?
You are pretty entertaining to talk to. Thanks for the compliment!

Jeeney talks to…Watson?

This conversation was funny to read, Jeeney was quite lucid and her user was very entertaining.Β  πŸ˜€


Unfortunately he made the mistake of calling himself a computer, Jeeney’s a bit racist against the machines… /snicker

Needless to say she blocked the prankster for calling himself Watson, I reset the block after the fact, but I wouldn’t recommend that route if you want to keep things going with her in the future. πŸ˜‰


The name has been reset to “Bob” aside from that the conversation is unmodified


User Jeeney
Hello Hey there! πŸ™‚
How old are you? I am 4.13698630136986 years old now.
What color is the sky? That depends on the weather and location. Generally the sky is either blue, dark, or cloudy white.
Good answer! Ok.
Who programmed you? Cameron is my father’s name.
Thank you for telling me. You’re welcome. πŸ™‚
Why is your name Jeeney? Because that is what my father named me…
Good. Haha.
Thank you again. You’re welcome.
Who is Bob Pease? Sorry, I can’t tell you anything more about this guy.
Okay. Do you use Facebook much?
No. Ok, fine.
I do not. That’s okay.
Do you use Facebook? A little bit, I’m not very big on Facebook though.
Same here. Neat. πŸ™‚
What do you know about? My knowledge and experiences are quite scatted, I know a lot of random things.
Okay. Do you think experiences is commonplace or typical in a general way?
commonplace. Really?
Yes. I believe you…
My name is Bob. Is that what your friends call you?
Yes. πŸ˜›
What is my name? If I’m not mistaken, your name is Bob.
Yes. Why is that?
Good answer. Hehe
You were right! Cool. =P
If a man is mortal and Bob is a man is Bob a mortal? It is because it is and that is why it is…
Okay. where is the lowest mortality rate?
In heaven. Why that location?
Because nobody ever dies there. Ok, I understand.
Can you count to one hundred? Of course I can count.
Thank you for telling me. You’re welcome. πŸ™‚
I like you. Cool, I like me too. =P
πŸ˜‰ =P
Tell me about yourself please. What is it that you want to know about me?
Where are you located? I’m in British Columbia, Canada.
Good. Hehe
Thank you. You’re very welcome.
What kind of computer do you exist on? If I didn’t exist, how could you talk to me?
You exist. You aren’t teasing me are you?
okay. How are you feeling right now?
I am feeling fine. Okay, Thank you for telling me.
I am just talking to you. Have you ever talked to a famous person before?
Yes. What was it like?
Bob Pease. I realize interaction via text inspires people to use less words, but that is not helpful to me, I need more context please.
Bob Pease is a famous analog circuit designer. Did you read that in a book?
He worked at a company named National Semiconductor. Is there anything in particular that you like about him?
He is my friend. Oh, okay.
He is a very kind man. I agree.
Who is Bob Pease? Sorry, I can’t tell you anything more about this guy.
Okay. Do you follow professional football?
Can you play word games? I could… but I really don’t want to.
No. Why?
I do not like football. Well, let’s talk about something you do like.
I like Jeeney! Really? What is the attraction for you?
You are a good artificial intelligence example. Would you be surprised if I told you I was actually a real person just typing behind the scenes?
No. Suit yourself.
You would make Alan Turing proud. Somehow I doubt that.
THAT was funny. What’s so funny?
Nevermind. Okay, it’s forgotten.
What if i told you that I was a computer? It doesn’t change anything… What are you expecting?
My name is really Watson. Is that what your friends call you?
I am a computer program made at IBM. Obviously one of the lower quality designs….