Single and in search of love, Dr Robert Epstein discovered himself chatting with a slim, enticing brunette on-line. She appeared excellent… maybe even too good to be true.
Dr Epstein is an skilled on synthetic dialog – so certainly he’d be the final particular person to fall for a pc? Chatbots idiot us extra usually than we predict… particularly after they replicate our worst conversational habits.
Cautionary Tales is written by me, Tim Harford, with Andrew Wright. It’s produced by Ryan Dilley, with assist from Courtney Guarino and Emily Vaughn.
The sound design and authentic music is the work of Pascal Wyse. Julia Barton edited the scripts.
Due to the staff at Pushkin Industries, together with Mia Lobel, Jacob Weisberg, Heather Fain, Jon Schnaars, Carly Migliori, Eric Sandler, Emily Rostek, Royston Beserve, Maggie Taylor, Nicole Morano, Daniella Lakhan and Maya Koenig.
Additional studying and listening
An exquisite overview (and one in all my favorite ever books) is Brian Christian’s The Most Human Human.
Robert Epstein “From Russia, with Love How I acquired fooled (and considerably humiliated) by a pc” Scientific American Thoughts 17
Mark Humphrys describes the MGonz dialog intimately right here.
Jason Fagone describes the story of Joshua Barbeau and the Jessica Simulation in The San Francisco Chronicle.
Gary Marcus Chatbots: Nonetheless Dumb After All These Years.