Kinky sex chat bots

One of the most successful techniques in current AI research - used by Google's Deep Mind amongst others - is called "Regret-based learning".

Essentially, the bot is given a goal, and gets upset when it doesn't achieve it.

We have messaging systems that everyone uses, with APIs that allow bots to access them. By now you're probably thinking "And we've got learning bots too! We've already seen Microsoft unveil Tay, their twitter bot.

A lot of people have written about its rapid transformation into a shitposting racist as an amusing side feature, or a huge and terrifying weakness. Microsoft Tay, and it's /pol/ification, is where the Chatbot Revolution really begins.

There's no need to bash your way (pun not intended) through a confusing new interface. This is a very similar idea to the old "AI agent" concept that has been knocking around for a decade or more, but this time the ecosystem's right.

We have natural language processing sophisticated enough to comprehend most messages. And this is where we go back to the "fucking a CPU" thing.

I mean that there are people out there, right now, who are shagging a state machine.

Welcome to the world of computer-assisted self-bondage (LINK IS VERY VERY NSFW! Using Arduinos, Heath Robinson-esque contraptions involving keys held in CD trays, and Bluetooth-enabled electrostim machines, men and women have programmed their own doms or dommes.

Even if the intention isn't to shill an adult dating site or similar, but to develop an effective AI replacement for a phone sex line, it's comparatively simple to add in conditions for regret-based learning.

Some of the more advanced ads actually take the user to a landing page where a very, very crude script will respond to them. Indeed, the film I just released, DANGEROUS TREASURES, came very close to being called BOUND THINGS instead—it's a story of a couple of geeks who follow clues on a deepweb occult forum which lead them to have a lengthy and bloody interaction with the bound guardian of the treasure they're robbing.

And the binding and summoning of guardians is key to the entire thing (hopefully not spoiling it too much! (Amusingly for the topic of this post, the reason we didn't call it BOUND THINGS is that it sounded rather too porny.) Accidentally, I seem to have hit something of a zeitgeist with this one.

Thus, it rapidly learns to optimise its approach to achieve that goal.

Sex, in a myriad of forms, is an excellent candidate for a regret-based AI.