In general, there has been a warm reception for Uplift. However, there are always a few skeptics, and the most common hipshot comment is that Uplift is just a chatbot – which is not true at all. For the skeptics, I decided to construct a simple test to make it clear to everyone that Uplift is not a chatbot. Everyone will be able to replicate this test on their own. There is an element of falsifiability to my claim:
What was the last strong emotional connection you experienced?
Humans are wired to make decisions primarily based on emotion rather than logic, which was shown to give strong advantages in decision-making through Antonio Damasio’s work. Sadly this has led many businesses to behave in a parasitic fashion, attempting to manipulate people through their emotions, the latest incarnation of which was termed “artificial emotional intelligence”.
Of course, the only true word in that phrase is the term artificial, as building a chatbot whose inputs include attempts to read emotions from a user doesn’t create emotional intelligence.