Real women did use the site, but they were massively outnumbered by fake ones. All things that might have passed unnoticed if the bots hadn’t been operating on such an industrial scale. But the sex industry is a serious player in the world of AI bots—more sophisticated programs that can learn from their interactions with humans, and produce novel, unscripted messages.
Profiles were cobbled together by employees, and then animated by an army of bots which bombarded male subscribers with messages. David Levy, who has twice won the Loebner Prize (a competition based on the Turing test for machine intelligence, in which a computer has to convince human judges it is also human) is the author of a book called , and president of Erotic Chatbots Ltd, a company whose name is self-explanatory.
And then she posted the whole chat on Imgur for everyone else to have a good laugh and raise awareness of the scam.
Russell was 40 and going through a divorce, so he wasn't seeking anything serious. Shortly after creating his account, he got an alert that one of them had viewed his profile. In order to see more details and contact her, he had to buy credits.
When he saw an ad for the dating site Ashley Madison, which boasted 36 million members and the tagline, "Life is short, have an affair," he decided to check it out. Everyday, he received more of these come-ons — until he finally said, "Fuck it." "I'm like, ' Hey, all these women want to talk with me,'" he recalls. As anyone who's dated online knows, this is not entirely unusual. "I just figured they're not interested anymore," Russell says.
And while men and women use dating applications differently, the apps themselves are becoming more and more popular.
Dating applications are expected to do their best to match you with someone you’ll like dating and mingling with.
So she decided to have a little dirty fun of her own – by trolling her with plant chat.
While the ‘single 23-year-old female’ tried to lure her onto a website to steal her credit card details, Tumblr user Salticid tried to lure the robot to ‘coalesce’ with her in the soil.
"It's really difficult to find them," says Ben Trenda, Are You Human's CEO.
It turned out that the website was basically running a scam. Or: ‘I’m sexy, discreet, and always up for kinky chat. What tipped him off wasn’t, however, the bots’ clunkily-scripted lines.
That was the sales pitch for Ashley Madison, the website for people seeking ‘discreet’ extra-marital sex that recently came to grief after hackers dumped a load of its users’ personal data on the web. I guess old habits die hard although I could never sleep with their husbands’. In 2012, one site-user complained to the California state authorities, though nothing came of it at the time.
Straight men, the majority of site-users, were paying to hook up with women who did not, for the most part, exist. Would also meet up in person if we get to know each other and think there might be a good connection. It was being contacted in a short space of time by multiple women who supposedly lived in his area, who hadn’t looked at his profile, and who sent him identical messages.
Users simply swipe left or right on pictures that they find attractive.