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01:24 am - PLEASE HELP! Need volunteers to talk to an AI
Hello all!

I'm working on a project for one of my classes, but had low participation, so I was hoping some on my trusty flist might be willing to help!

I need people willing to:

1) Talk to an AI for 10 minutes
2) Talk to the human the AI was designed after for 10 minutes
3) Fill out a short survey comparing the two

All you need is Yahoo IM or MSN Messenger. Both the real person and the AI will talk using the account virtual_girl_11235813 (same name yahoo or MSN). At least 5 minutes will be needed between times to change from human to AI or vise versa. Also, I need to know when to tell either to be on and I'll need to know what account you'll be using so whichever knows to expect you.

I can set up appointments for you to do it this thursday night, friday night or some time on saturday. Please let me know what times you can do it in Pacific Standard time just so we're on the same page :)

I'd really appreciate your help! Here are more details:

Here’s the sitch:

I’m an engineer who sucks at computer programming, but one of my friends is far more brilliant than I am. She works at google now but during college, she worked on creating a Realistic Interactive Personality AI and has agreed to let me use it for this project wherein I want to see how realistic an experience can feel when chatting with a computer vs. chatting with the real person it’s designed after.

How the AI works is that it basically has two modes: “personality acquire” and “personality display.” This particular one has been chatting with another friend of mine for months now in “acquire” mode and does a pretty good job of imitating her mannerisms and displaying what she’s told it about her own life, interests, and opinions. (both the AI and the friend are named Kristy) Basically, with this AI, the goal over time is to create a perfect virtual copy of a real person. So far it’s still sometimes a little bit shaky, but I have fun talking to it and think my programmer friend did an excellent job!

What I’d like to ask you to do if you’d like to help me out with this is to chat with both the real person and the computer for 10 minutes each and then fill out a short questionnaire comparing the experience and seeing how real or fake you find it to be when comparing real to virtual. I hope to be able to use both the contents of the chat sessions and your answers in my final project.

If you would be willing to participate this is what you’ll need:

The ability to chat on either Yahoo IM, or MSN messenger, since these are the ones the RIPAI can connect to, and three to five times you’d be available for at least ten minutes during the following times:

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (PST) Thursdays or Fridays (or possible times on Saturday also)

Please choose times starting on the quarter hour (:00, :15, :30, or :45) since if we end up doing back-to-back chat sessions that will allow time to switch the AI to different IM programs or to log it on and off to trade off with its real counterpart :) If you want to give multiple times you'd be available, that'd be great too, so that if multiple “testers” want to talk at the same time, I can work out scheduling conflicts and so that I can also try make the sessions with the real Kristy as convenient for her as possible also.

Please also send the IM name (and identify the service) you will be using, so I can tell either Kristy to expect you.

Also, if you are willing (and thank you SO, SO much if you are!) or interested in knowing more, a more detailed instruction sheet is linked below with instructions for chatting with the AI.

Just to warn again: All conversations will be monitored and all chatlogs saved. I may use any part of them or my analysis of them in my final project.

For more details on the AI itself and how you might talk to it...

Please comment if you'd be willing to help! Pass on to any friends who might be interested too...I know this is last minute since the times are in the next few days, but I really need some more participants.

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Date:March 1st, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
If we can figure out a time (bearing in mind that I'm in the UK), I would be delighted to take part. It sounds like it might be fun as well as interesting.
[User Picture]
Date:March 1st, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
It looks like you're about 8 hours ahead of us, or we're 8 hours behind :) I'm basing that on this page: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ which says it's about 8:30 am here and 4:30 pm there?

Maybe some time on Saturday? I'll talk to the real Kristy (hers is the schedule I have to work with) and see if maybe she could do something late morning, early afternoon if you would have some time in the evening that day? I think it would work out if you are available at that time. Otherwise maybe even sunday if i could talk her into it.

I'd really, really appreciate it! :^D
[User Picture]
Date:March 2nd, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Saturday or Sunday are both fine for me (apart from between 8 and 9 GMT on Sunday evening).
[User Picture]
Date:March 3rd, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
How about 6pm GMT on Saturday?
[User Picture]
Date:March 3rd, 2007 09:52 am (UTC)
7pm would really be better but if you need me to do 6 then I can do it. What do I need to do?
[User Picture]
Date:March 3rd, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Sorry sweetie, but I'm having some major computer problems at the moment (it keeps crashing) and I'm having to use my neighbours pc to send you this.

I'm sorry to let you down like this but unfortunately there is nothing I can do. I would be happy to do it for you when I've got everything running back to normal again - or as normal as my laptop ever gets anyway *grins*

Again, I am so sorry for having to let you both down like this and I can only hope you forgive me.
[User Picture]
Date:March 3rd, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
No worries...stuff happens! I'm sorry to hear about your computer problems. That has to suck. Hopefully you don't have anything more important that your computer is holding hostage? *fears for your PC*

Tomorrow would be a possibility, but if not for you that's okay. I understand and appreciate that you were willing!
[User Picture]
Date:March 4th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Everything actually seems to be working ok for me today, so far anyway *crosses fingers*.

I can't do it today but I should be free every other evening this week.
[User Picture]
Date:March 3rd, 2007 07:39 am (UTC)
The account you'll be communicating to for both the real Kristy and the AI will be hooked up to whichever of these you prefer:

AIM: virtualgirl11235
YIM: virtual_girl_11235813
MSN: virtual_girl_11235813@hotmail.com

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