I think I know how cleverbot works.

Scary Reasoner

Update August 15, 2015: I am closing comments on this post since it is was written on December 3, 2010, about 5 years ago now, and people are still trying to comment and I’m tired of moderating the comments on this, and the new comments aren’t adding much that hasn’t been said before. Feel free to write your own post on your own blog on this topic. FWIW, I think that what I wrote in this post 5 years ago is probably not correct. Original post follows:

If you haven’t tried cleverbot, go ahead and try cleverbot out now.


It’s supposedly an Artificial Intelligence with which you communicate by typing, much like Eliza. You type at it, and it types back at you. The conceit is that it’s a machine intelligence. It’s just cogent enough to make you wonder how in the hell it works, while just…

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