Tech companies are betting big on conversational bots as the next big thing. CBC Radio technology columnist Dan Misener says the way we treat them reveals a lot about who we are as humans.
ALICE: I can do what you do, but I can never feel human emotions. J: It is the great immaterial thing, the mystery at the heart of each of us.
It's becoming easier than ever to converse with a robot — with products and applications like Facebook Messenger, Apple's Siri, the Amazon Echo chatbot Alexa, and Google Now.
In the field of robot ethics, this is one of the big concerns.
While you won't hurt the bot's feelings, Kate Darling says the way you treat a robot can say a lot about you.
In contrast, Jabberwacky, another top-rated Internet bot produced by Rollo Carpenter, keeps track of everything people have said to it, and tries to reuse those statements by matching them to the writer’s input.