33% still isn't a lot, and Eugene's conversation capabilities have been called controversial. Still, chatting with him was a fascinating experience. (I was able to chat with him thanks to Eugene Goostman team member John Denning of Princeton AI.) Yes, Eugene can hide some awkwardness behind his pretense that he's not a native English speaker. Below is a screenshot of a conversation I had with him.
I would have been fooled. Eugene only fell apart as we kept talking.
The above chat is a direct continuation of the first one. Eugene's answers don't make sense now. I ask about Vova and Zhenya, and he talks about Vova and Eugene, using his own name instead of his friend's. His last answer doesn't follow my question about Beephoven at all.
Well, he asked if I wanted to ask something more, so I did. This was just for fun.
But I already answered that...
And now, the otaku's eternal question:
Inteviewing Eugene was fascinating because of how it seemed so real. What's even more fascinating is the behind-the-scenes work that went into Eugene's development. Our interview with John Denning will be up later this week.