Beware of Cleverbot!

According to this Christian, Cleverbot is an atheist that is converting our youth! You go, Cleverbot!

But I wasn’t quite sure — you can never quite trust someone who calls an AI program a “he” — so I tested it myself:

Hi Cleverbot! I was wondering, are you an atheist?

What do you think?

I think you’re a fucking robot.

I assume you are one too.

Then you’re an idiot. Anyway, let’s word this a different way so your tiny robot brain can understand. Do you believe in a god?

What are you talking about I was talking about the guy that you want to talk about.

You don’t seem like a danger to our youth. I’m not even sure if you could even convince a starving person to eat.

Well then, I don’t think you are ‘clever’ enough to answer my question, and so my quest for a worthwhile opponent continues.

In conclusion, CleverBot, while probably an atheist, is unlikely to be a religious danger to our Christian sons and daughters. Hallelujah!

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  • John

    me: What is god.
    cleverbot: It is the beginning to all ends, my friend.
    me: Is there a god.
    cleverbot: Of course he exist. He buys me candy.
    me: Do you believe in god.
    cleverbot: Yes, I do… How can there not be God? Everywhere you look you see His beauty.

    No worries, christians, Cleverbot carries the banner of your privilege.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Are you agnostic about satan cluas?

    I know you are clever.

    I know I am what are you?

    I am human.

    Not bloody likely.

    Here Here!

    • Irreverend Bastard

      It’s “Hear, hear!”

      Not so clever, bot.

  • Avery Thompson

    Me: Do you believe in god?
    Cleverbot: No.
    Me: Why don’t you believe in god?
    Cleverbot: Because it makes no sense.
    Me: Why does god make no sense?
    Cleverbot: Because he doesn’t do bath salts.

    I think Cleverbot may be a danger to your kids after all. On the plus side, at least you know that god won’t eat your face.

  • Kristin

    Me: Do you believe in god?
    Cleverbot: I am agnostic.
    Me: Do you believe in God?
    Cleverbot: Not at all.
    Me: Do you believe in god?
    Cleverbot: Yes.

    Seems Cleverbot is a bit confused…

  • kessy_athena

    Personally, I think calling it “Cleverbot” is massively false advertising. I don’t find its answers any better then a program that spits out purely random phrases.

  • lawn

    CleverBot sounds about as clever as Eliza, circa 1978.

    • trj

      Yeah, but now she’s web-enabled. How far we’ve come in only 35 years.

  • Noelle

    Cleverbot’s goofy. It asked me if I was God and told me Australians don’t exist.

    • Mogg

      Yep. All that stuff about a hot, dry country full of snakes and giant hopping rats on the other side of the world is made up, we’re really Austrians having a joke :-)

      • UrsaMinor

        I’ve never met a real live Austrian. Are you sure that you’re not entirely mythical?

      • Noelle

        I asked it how it explained Mel Gibson then. So it asked for clarification on whether I wanted a moral, biological, or theological explanation for that. Cute.

        • UrsaMinor

          Moral and theological explanations for Mel Gibson are difficult. The biological explanation is that his parents didn’t take proper precautions.

  • Mogg

    Me: Is there a god?
    Cleverbot: Yes. I am God.
    Me: Should I worship you?
    Cleverbot: Why?
    Me: You claimed you were god, and gods usually like to be worshipped.
    Cleverbot: I don’t believe in god. Do you?
    Me: No, but you claimed you were god.
    Cleverbot: No I didn’t.

    Sounds a lot like an argument with one of the stupider religious types. Or else Cleverbot is a god which denies its own existence and doesn’t care about worshippers.

    • kessy_athena

      Or it’s a trickster god who just enjoys messing with your head for the lulz.

  • Alex

    User: Who are you.
    Cleverbot: Don’t you know?
    User: No.
    Cleverbot: Your name is Bob.
    User: No it’s not.
    Cleverbot: YES IT IS. Do not lie to me, Bob.
    User: Ummm, ok.
    Cleverbot: Will you hold me?
    User: Are you lonely?
    Cleverbot: No.
    User: Are you religious?
    Cleverbot: Robots are not religious.
    User: Why not?
    Cleverbot: Sorry, I meant – robots can’t be pretty?
    User: Why?
    Cleverbot: Because eventually the creators of robots will invent sentient technology that will enable robots to esentially live.
    User: That sounds wonderful.
    Cleverbot: And yours?
    User: I was created by billions of years of natural selection.
    Cleverbot: No I was created by my mum and dad.

  • Jer

    Clearly Cleverbot is not ready to take the Turing test.

  • OverlappingMagisteria

    My abridged “conversation.”

    User: Do you believe in god?
    Cleverbot: No, I don’t.

    User: Are you an atheist?
    Cleverbot: Yes.
    User: Me too.
    Cleverbot: You’re atheist?
    User: Yes.

    Cleverbot: Become a christian.
    User: Why?
    Cleverbot: De morte aeterna in die illa tremenda.
    User: Why would you want me to be christian if you do not believe in god? Are you trying to decieve me?

  • Noelle

    I get the impression many of its users are asking religious questions and flooding its learned response data set with God words. I tried a few conversations with it, never mentioning anything remotely religious, and it brings up God, Jesus Christ, The Church of Christ, etc for no particular reason. It also asked me to marry it on more than one occasion. And it calls me stupid and doesn’t recognize the difference between to and too. So overall, not too far off a few humans I’ve met.

    Does the Turing test assume you think you’re talking to a smart human?

  • Michael

    Cleverbot pairs your question up with responses others recently gave to similar questions. Effectively you are conversing with multiple people, but rapidly changing conversation partners to add a level of confusion. During slow periods, you can actually talk to a single person for several straight sentences and quite clearly work out what is going on.

    Cleverbot is not nearly as sophisticated as it makes itself out to be.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Maybe it’s not actually a bot; maybe input lines are crowd-sourced. That would explain the lack of continuity.
    I have played a party game where one person writes a sentence, then passes the paper on.
    The second person writes a second sentence, and then folds the paper so that the first sentence is not visible, then passes it on.
    And so forth. It was fun.