A chat with Pixie, Princeton University's socialbot
Alexa, start pixie.
Hi, this is a Alexa prize social bot.
Tell me something interesting.
A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon.
Here in this classroom at Princeton university, a small group of grad students get together to work on a social bot called Pixie.
That runs on Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.
Their work is part of the Alexa Prize, a college competition Amazon started to encourage the development of chattier and more human-like AIs.
So the idea is to try and create a chatbot that can talk to someone, maintain a conversation for about 20 minutes
You have to cater to a wide variety of opinions, a wide variety of interests, and it's fun to see what people want from this and where people take these conversations.
Creating a social bot that can carry on a long conversation, is one of the long standing problems of AI.
It requires teaching a robot all about our world.
THat's why Pixie still gets a lot of things wrong.
Where do you live?
Where do we live interests me too.
Where do you live?
I think people find it easy to imagine these as people at the same time.
There's a kind of distance that comes from knowing that you're not talking to a real person.It allows you to
Say things you wouldn't say in real life.
The Princeton team envisions creating social bots that could someday be used for customer service, or be companions for the elderly.
Sing a song.
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do.
I am half crazy, all for the love of you.
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