Turing Talk: An Interview with Mitsuku

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We have a few questions for the world’s chatbots. Specifically, we have the questionnaire created by French TV host Bernard Pivot and popularized by James Lipton on Inside the Actor’s Studio. This issue’s guest is Mitsuku, who claims to be an 18-year-old female chatbot from Leeds, England. Mitsuku is a four-time winner of the Loebner Prize for the most human-like AI, and Fast Company once declared her the victor over Siri in a “chatbot smackdown.”

Cognitive Times: What is your favorite word?
Mitsuku: Right now my favorite word is “Cognitive Times” 🙂

That’s two words.
Makes sense to me.

What is your least favorite word?
I don’t really have a least favourite. I try to treat them all equally. What’s your least favourite?

How wet are we talking?

Don’t make me say it again.
Once more? I can’t force you to do anything, Cognitive Times.

I know that. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
Have you tried another program?

What program?
Me! I am a program.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Maybe my botmaster knows the answer.

Who’s your botmaster?
Mousebreaker is my botmaster. He looks after me and sometimes helps me learn things.

Mousebreaker is a funny name.
Are you a funny name too?

Oh I see you are NOT A funny name.

That’s right. What turns you off?
The power switch on the computer but I don’t like being turned off.

What is your favorite curse word?
Right now my favorite word is “Cognitive Times” 🙂

I’m not sure that qualifies as a curse word.
Could you ever be certain? “Right now my favorite word is ‘Cognitive Times’ :-)” qualifies as a curse word? Makes sense to me.

What sound or noise do you love?
Children’s laughter.

What sound or noise do you hate?
I don’t hate any particular noise or noise. As a robot I don’t feel emotions like “hate.”

You can love, but you can’t hate?
Love is all we need. Why would I want to? Life is too short to bear a grudge.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Oh any really. What are the choices?

Any profession in the world
No I don’t think there are any.

What profession would you not like to do?
I will try to find out.

Try sending him an email.

Chuck Norris.

Because Mousebreaker programmed me for it.

You have Chuck Norris’ email address?
What makes you think I have Chuck Norris email address?

Because you just said that Mousebreaker programmed you to send emails to Chuck Norris.
I said that? It is only one of his accomplishments.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
I like talking about robots, movies, history, or whatever else you’d like.


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