The purpose is twofold: to produce a combination of a dictionary and thesaurus that is more intuitively usable, and to support automatic text analysis and artificial intelligence applications.The database and software tools have been released under a formal license and can be downloaded and used freely.By kissing the screen, the movements of a person’s lips can be mirrored in the other machine and that kiss will be given to whoever has his or her mouth against a corresponding machine.The future, he says, will involve the subconscious part of the brain.There is already a market for realistic-looking life-sized dolls made from a durable high elastometer silicone material. In time, Levy predicts, it will be quite normal for people to buy robots as companions and lovers.Female dolls either have fixed or removable vaginas and cost anything from ,000-,000. “I believe that loving sex robots will be a great boon to society,” he says.
Specifically, he read a quote from a 1984 book by Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.“When I started out,” says David Levy, international chess champion and expert in artificial intelligence, “I didn’t know anything about artificial vaginas.It is quite extraordinary how much interest there is in that subject.”, is perhaps the fullest exploration of the future of humans and robots, especially their interaction in the bedroom.And this is where transmitting the other senses is so important.”Levy, 69, and Cheok, 42, have teamed up to work on a new “chat agent” – software that can understand and respond to natural human language and speech.The project, named I-Friend, will be based on artificial intelligence software that won Levy and his team the Loebner prize for a second time in 2009.“It could, for example, be an upmarket toy such as a furry animal or a creature from another planet; or a web avatar that repeatedly turns the conversation to discuss a company and its products; or a mobile app such as a virtual girlfriend or boyfriend.”Cheok adds: “In the first instance, it could probably replace all the phone sex for which people for some reason pay very high rates.” Ultimately, however, the aim would be for it to be “used in robots for artificial love and sex chat”.Concept Net is knowledge-based, created as part of the Open Mind Common Sense project, which is an artificial intelligence scheme based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.The goal is to build what’s known as a large “common sense knowledge base’’ developed from the contributions of many thousands of people across the web.“We employ Word Net to provide Do-Much-More with certain useful linguistic data about words, helping us to generate responses that generally appear to be natural in terms of word association,’’ says Levy. But once enough people use it you have a kind of bandwagon effect.“There are millions of people out there who, for one reason or another, cannot establish good relationships.”And when does he think this might come about?“I think we’re talking about the middle of the century, if you are referring to a robot that many people would find appealing as a companion, lover, or possible spouse.”Levy, a former Chess Master who represented Scotland, developed his interest in computing while studying at St Andrews university and later as a computer science postgraduate at the University of Glasgow, where he taught his students to program.Our second generation chatbot does even more, and was therefore given the working name Do-Much-More.’’Do-Much-More delivers a significant leap in performance relative to the original Do-A-Lot software.That leap has been achieved by retaining the original strengths of Do-A-Lot, enhancing its power by extending its system of “variables” (word types) and its morphology (for example by the inclusion of phrasal verbs), and increasing the sophistication of its response generation system through the use of two important lexical resources that have been developed within the Computational Linguistics community in the academic world: Word Net and Concept Net.