Once you match with a bot on a dating site, it might try to sell you an online game (see the Castle Clash fiasco), lure you to a pornographic site, or generally convince you to sign up for something you probably don’t want or need.
If you take the time to read through all his conversations (as I did), it’s pretty tough to tell a bot is responding and not a real person—thanks, in part, to the nature of online dating exchanges.
When chatting with new matches, people tend to use short phrases like “lol” or “tell me more” and random get-to-know-you questions like “What’s your favorite city? ”—all phrases bots pretending to be humans do well with.
The man kept a log of each conversation on his blog, “Girls Who Date Computers.” Naturally, media loved the blog.
(Women, not so much.) While using Clever Bot as a stand-in didn’t find him a mate, from women’s responses, many did not suspect “he” was a bot—just kind of a weird guy.
“The programmer quickly realized who I was and confessed his deception (which he also made me promise not to reveal),” he told me.
“He was very proud of his creation.” As for my friend, when he began pushing to meet up with his sexy blond match, she stopped responding. But from now on he’s going to make all his Tinder matches spell “I am not a robot” backwards, just to be sure.
One way to do this, according to Worswick, is to ask it common-sense questions like, “Can I fit a car in a shoe? Last year, a bot was able to pass the Turing Test—a test that measures a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior indistinguishable from a human—for the first time in history.
Known as “Eugene,” the bot effectively convinced over a third of the judges that he was a real human.
“She/it replied as if I had sent real speech.” Specifically, he sent a sentence that read “asdf;kj as;kj I;jkj;j ;kasdkljk ;klkj ‘klasdfk; asjdfkj.
With love, /Robert.” The bot, not understanding the first part, simply ignored it and responded with more details about her family.
Granted, he did so by pretending to be a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy, to help explain away grammar mistakes. Meanwhile, Epstein tried his hand at online dating again after his incident with “the Russian” and ran into another “female” bot.