Eliza, the famous “toy AI”, used to be able to talk to people going through trauma fairly well by focusing on questions. Microsoft’s now AI Tay? Not so much. Here a tweeter tells Tay they want to kill themselves; Tay’s response is “i feel you”.
One other thing comes to mind looking at Tay’s performance: the Turing Test was originally conceived as an experiment involving two adults. Recent attempts to emulate emotionally stunted tweenagers with AIs are interesting, but cheating, really.
We’ll see if the AI gets better. It may. Let’s hope.
Script Theory explains the centrality of experience to intelligence.
The original paper on Eliza pdf