Monday, February 23, 2004

Do Sex Bots Dream Of Electric Sheep?

With little fanfare, it appears that at least one class of computers has been able to pass the Turing Test: sex chat bots.

It turns out that the intelligence behind most pornographic SMS chat is not a legion of bored at-home workers (presumably outsourced to India), but a chatbot named Natachata, written by former rocket scientist Simon Luttrell.

Interestingly enough, some patrons catch on. "There is about 5% who realise it is a computer and use it even more because of that," said Mr Luttrell.

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