If you mention somebody like Andy Murray or Bob Dylan, or whoever, it will be able to look through its news archives and tell you something relevant and interesting about this person.
“Alana also has a persona, so it has its own favourite music, books, movies and it can talk about those. Some are because it’s a robot, so it likes Star Wars, of course. (A= Alana, U = user) Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly.
Most of the time I respond because they're just looking for advice/ perspective and as everyone knows, I have publicly lamented about dating in this country so I am more than happy to pass on what I have learned, if anything.
Dr Oliver Lemon, who advises the Heriot-Watt team of Ph D students named ‘What's Up Bot’, admitted he’s already had unexpected conversations about sex with Alana.
He said: “Nearly every day I get surprised by talking to it.
It also brought up singer Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth's relationship.
“We’ve built a social, artificial intelligence so you can chat to it about just about anything because it is connected to the internet and reads the news every day.
SCOTLAND'S first artificial intelligence company is to be launched by a team of Ph D students who have created a “socialbot” called Alana which can hold conversations with people about anything from the news of the day to the sex life of pop star Miley Cyrus and Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.