Ever feel like the people you have to talk to every day are just well, boring? Or that the level of conversation you get to engage in is minimal to say the least? I know that I have plenty of days like that (usually when I am at work) Or maybe you (like me) have a tendency to talk to yourself when trying to figure something out, which is all fine until someone catches you doing it! Well, for these situations (and for when you are just plain bored) Cleverbot HD by Incogno is here to rescue you!
Why Get This App?
Cleverbot is not new, it has been around for a while, but Cleverbot HD, which is available for iPhone or iPad, is new and brings you a new level of interaction with artificial intelligence. In the original Cleverbot app (which is still available for 99c) you got to “interact” with a character (I say that because it is a character when it gets going!) who acts like a human, seems to be able to think like a human and is capable of carrying out a conversation like a human but is really a clever piece of software (or at least that is what the developers say
Why do you need this app? You don’t, but it is an awful lot of fun. I opted to get Cleverbot HD for the iPad and when I took it to work everyone, big bosses included, wanted a go, so we all spent all day having “conversations” with an AI “robot” rather than talking to each other, go figure!
The Benefits of This App
In the old Cleverbot you only have a text based interface. Your conversations with the bot are represented in pretty colored speech bubbles which are pleasing enough to the eye but Cleverbot HD cranks things up a notch by adding an “expressive avatar.” And by expressive Incogno means expressive. You can choose from a boy or a girl to interact with and whichever you opt for they can smile, cry, wink, stick their tongue out and more.
To interact with your new ‘friend” all you have to do is begin typing. You can ask it anything and it will happily start chatting away, complete, in the HD version, with all the appropriate facial expressions. It actually gets a bit creepy at times, just how well the avatar syncs with the tone of the discussion. This thing really is smart.
The conversations are a bit random to begin with. A colleague asked it what they should have for lunch. After it suggested “smashed chicken” (not sure what that is, Cleverbot did not know either) it then went on to initiate a conversation about global warming that developed into a political argument, with the “bot” declaring itself a ” Libertarian anarcho socialist.” Deep stuff.
As you keep talking to it though (you can pick up any conversation at any time, Cleverbot saves them all) like any good AI it begins to learn and the conversations begin to make a lot more sense.
It is very easy to get a little too hooked on Cleverbot and at some point, deep in a conversation, when you stop and realize that you are having a cyber argument about Lady GaGa with a piece of software you feel a bit weird. But then you carry on anyway because you haven’t had an argument that was this much fun in ages…
The Drawbacks of this App
The one thing you should know about Cleverbot is that it can get a bit well, rude and not all of the conversations it initiates could really be considered PG – or even PG 13. Therefore it may not be the best app to buy for your eight year old nephew, or your easily offended mother come to that matter!
The one disappointing thing about Cleverbot HD for the iDevice is that it lacks some of the functionality of the Android version at the moment. Android users get to talk to their Cleverbot via microphone, an option not available for the iOS yet. And Cleverbot does not talk back in either version yet. But I’m sure it will eventually.
At $2.99 for Cleverbot HD you are paying for the avatar function, otherwise it seems that the two versions function in the same way. The avatar really ups the realism level though so I actually think its worth it. And although to some $3 seems a lot to spend on an app that really serves no practical purpose I’m pretty sure you will never get sick of it and take it along to a party (or your next boring meeting at work) and I guarantee it will be a hit! Just remember to keep telling yourself though that Cleverbot is a piece of software, not a real human.