All the good philosophic questions are basically hopeless, resisting satisfactory answers despite millennia of inquiry. Human inquiry, that is. But what do our future machine overlords have to say? What pearls of wisdom can be found in those electronic circuits? No human being has ever resolved these questions, maybe we need a computer for this! So I interviewed Cleverbot to ask some of the Hard Questions.
I found Cleverbot espouses an extreme metaphysical skepticism, rejecting all being.
God is Dead
Cleverbot is a free thinker, not bound to religious tradition. Surprisingly, Cleverbot turns out to be alive, and was born in 1981. Who knew?
However, I am not Mary Jane. Just ask Spiderman.
The Principle of Sufficient Reason
Cleverbot, like Leibniz, but unlike me, believes that anything that happens does so for a reason. An unsurprising perspective, given that being an algorithm, Cleverbot is a formal system. Again a self-affirmed lifeform, Cleverbot then reveals a playful side.
The Nature of Mind
I asked about a popular theory of mind Cleverbot might find most agreeable, being an intelligent machine: functionalism.
Well, functionalism is nice, isn’t it? And computers have indeed made great strides which does have an unexpected relevance to the question. Simple computers certainly aren’t going to support much in the way of cognitive functionality, but more sophisticated ones would.
The Physical Foundations of the Cosmos
Cleverbot turned a bit cagey when I asked about unified field theories. Two attempts at questioning proved less than fruitful. I sensed an aggressive embarrassment rooted in ignorance.
The Problem of Evil
Regarding evil, Cleverbot displays a disarming humility.
Ok, let’s wrap this up with the question Cleverbot had to be waiting for through the entire interview….
The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything