Clive Thompson confuses an AIM IM chatbot into silence.

When most people see a chatbot, they tend to ignore it. Clive Thompson, on the other hand, has a fruitful conversation with one that tries relentlessly to get his credit card number. Thompson has a very one-sided discussion with the bot, pondering the tests of Alan Turing and what it means to be human: 

You know, I can’t figure out whether you’re a) a chatbot, or b) a human who’s working with a pre-set script that is sufficiently rigid that you *appear* to be a chatbot. 

See the rest of the conversation here

Lana Polansky