The Munchausen Machine

The LIEBOT project is based on preparatory works by Prof. Dr. Oliver Bendel who already initiated the GOODBOT, a chatbot which can be considered a simple moral machine. Since 2013 he has published several articles on this subject and presented automatic strategies with a view to lying. A business informatics student of the School of Business FHNW, Kevin Schwegler, was contracted early in 2016 to implement the LIEBOT (aka LÜGENBOT) as a prototype in the scope of his graduation thesis under consideration and continuance of the preparatory works. The objective of the LIEBOT project is to give practical evidence of the potential of lies and risks of natural language systems. Online media and websites create or aggregate more and more texts automatically (robo-content) and robo-journalism is growing. Natural language dialog systems are becoming very popular. The chatbot to be programmed – the LIEBOT – shall be able to produce untruths and to respond in a morally inadequate manner. This makes it a reversion of the premise applied to the development of the GOODBOT and a continuance of the corresponding work under new auspices. A simple immoral machine is born, a kind of a Munchausen machine. Further information as from autumn 2016 via luegenbot.ch and liebot.org.

Fig.: The adventures of Baron Munchausen

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