Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Philosophy Wire: Xiaoice Chatbot. Communication without communication.

Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2015-09-23]: She is known as Xiaoice, and millions of young Chinese pick up their smartphones every day to exchange messages with her. They often tell her, “I love you”. Xiaoice (pronounced Shao-ice) can chat with so many people for hours on end because she is not real. She is a chatbot, a program introduced last year by Microsoft that has become something of a hit in China. [1] Human communication is not based on talking or in written speech. Something deeper bonds us. And no SMS or Viber will ever be able to transmit it. Sit next to your loved ones. And you will feel it. No no, I do not mean the vibration of the phone you fool!

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