I’ve had a chat with my wife, and she’s one of those people who will say things like “I’m going to talk to my friend tomorrow” or “I just wanted to say hi”.
I can understand her, I can empathise, but I’m not going to say she’s a chatbot.
There’s a lot of social anxiety about this, because when we talk to each other we’re really alone.
The first time I started talking to her was about five years ago, and the first time she said “Hi”, I said “How is the weekend going?”
And she said, “Oh, it’s great, thanks for saying hi!”
It wasn’t a huge breakthrough, because I’m an old guy.
But I felt like I had to say hello, so I did.
Then I started saying “Hi” to her in a lot more interesting ways.
I’ve always felt like we need to talk about ourselves, and I’ve felt like it’s so important to do it in a non-judgmental way, to say, “Hi, I’m your friend, and we talk about stuff a lot.”
So I decided to create this chatbot, to make it something that people can use, like a Google doc, and it’s not going be a Google Doc that you have to sign up to have access to.
So you just have to give it your username, and when you want to talk, it will ask you for your password.
It will ask what you’re interested in and what you want from it.
It’s really simple.
I’m still not sure if the bots will ever be able to have conversations with the people they’re interacting with, but this chat bot is the first step.
If I can just make it easy to use, people will start using it and start talking to each others, and that’s a good thing.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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