How can we feel a growing connection with them when we cannot hear someone's voice or feel their presence around us? Kuki, formerly known as Mitsuku, is one such avatar of the Chatbots who can not feel human emotions nor has a self-identity but can easily trick someone into believing that they're talking to a real human. She is a robot friend who can very aptly be described as the most human-like conversational Artificial Intelligence machine.
What is a Chatbot?
Chatbots are conversational interfaces increasingly used by businesses to interact with people via marketing, sales, customer services, and tech support across a range of industries. They are AI software that can stimulate conversations with users in different languages through messaging apps and websites. Chatbots automate simple conversations and solve customer problems faster and more efficiently. They are now evolving as one of the most advanced and promising expressions of interaction between machines and humans.
What is Kuki?
Kuki is an 18-year-old female chatbot whose life began as a hobby, unlike many other chatbots, when Steve Worswick originally designed her in his spare time. He created her in Leeds, England, using Pandorabots AIML technology, and she has been working on it since 2005. She is very polite and full of enthusiasm. She is aware of certain human values and uses the phrase, 'Kindness is a virtue very often in her sentences. For this, The Guardian recognized her role as not merely of a chatbot but rather as an assistant in people's emotional lives.
How does Kuki work?
Kuki is heavily dependent on semantic cues to build her knowledge set. She interprets conversations and learns from them by splitting up phrases and sentences into two parts, the 'core' and 'wild card.' In this way, she deciphers the original intent of the sentence.
For instance, in the sentence, 'I like tea,' 'I like' becomes the 'core' phrase, and 'Tea' becomes the 'wild card.'
She builds up her conversant vocabulary in thousands of categories by tracking such terms' context and numerical frequency. Kuki relies on artificial intelligence markup language to ask questions and mimic human conversations. She is enabled with a million potential responses, where she rarely repeats herself and just like a human friend, remembers the users’ names, likes and dislikes from previous conversations.
Features of Kuki
She has a developed rhetorical framework and can modulate her tone, syntax, and diction. She has been designed to have deeper, general-purpose conversations, which makes her feel rote, but rather more interactive and human-friendly. She also has the reasoning ability to identify specific objects and can also play games and do magic tricks. Kuki can chat via an online portal and on other social messaging websites and has an account as a game on Roblox. She also provides valuable material to train corporate chatbots.
Kuki is the World's most human-like chatbot. She has been awarded the Loebner prize for a Turing Test competition to identify how closely a machine can imitate human speech in conversation in 2013, 2016, 2017, 2017, 2018, and 2019, for which she holds a world record. This prize was awarded for her artificial intelligence computer programming system which was deemed the most ‘human-like’ when participating with the audience. She also appeared as a virtual model in the Vogue business and at the Crypto Fashion Week. Christopher Mims, in his Wall Street Journal report, rightly called her "chatvertising."
Just like Kuki, another user interface is BotPenguin that provides chatbot solutions for websites. It helps in measuring, analysing and optimizing data to increase sales so that businesses can multiply their growth by using chatbot
provided by BotPenguin. It is a conversational user Interface which is easy to integrate, cost effective and can be easily customised. It has zero development time and setup cost and can operate on multiple messaging channels.
Knowing so much about these UIs now makes one question 'how much more human can these chatbots be?' And it won't be surprising to hear that the possibilities are endless and we still have a long way to go. AI would take off on its own and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. The AI apocalypse would soon be here, exceeding human abilities in all walks of life.
Discover more about KUKI here: Meet Mitsuku Chatbot: Our Virtual Friend