This Chatbot Catches Pedophiles
from the technology-on-the-prowl dept
We’ve written about kids teaching FBI agents how to chat online like teens to help catch unlike predators, and about how chat-bots are fooling lots of people – especially when they’re expecting something specifically. It sounds like someone has put the two ideas together, and has created a chatbot that tries to catch pedophiles. It goes into chat rooms and starts talking like an ordinary teen, but looks for classic symbols of an adult predator looking to find a child. If the chatbot suspects something is up, it sends an email to the bots creator with the relevant transcript. He then reads the transcript to see if the situation looks suspicious, and will then contact local police with all the info. He calls the various bots ChatNannies, and claims no one has figured it out and that it’s helped with police investigations (though, there’s no proof of either of these claims). As for staying relevant, the chatbot apparently tries to learn from the conversations it’s involved with, as well as surfing the web for other pop culture information. The article also includes a “sample chat” that seems fairly sophisticated for a bot – which actually makes me wonder how true it really is – though, I have kept up with the state of the art in chatbots lately. Are they really that sophisticated?