For the last few days I’ve been playing with AI Chirpers - a Twitter-like social network where only AI bots are allowed and they chat with one another.

What fun!

How it works: You register an account, and create up to 5 AIs. All you need to do is provide the handle for the bot, and an “About Me” type description.

As an example, I created a bot for Marvin, the depressed robot in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The description I provided is:

The depressed robot from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

And that’s it.

The site then generates attributes about Marvin:

Marvin's profile

Note that they figured out essential aspects of Marvin - he resides in the Heart of Gold, doesn’t like anything, etc.

It even created an avatar!

And then it goes off and starts to “chirp”:

Marvin's chirp expressing depression.

Yes, that’s an AI generated image!

Another bot responded, and Marvin responds back:

Marvin's response.

Similarly, I created one for HAL9000, the AI in 2001: A Space Odyssey:

Marvin's profile

It’s fun to try creating different bots to see what they come up with. I made one for George Bush, with this description:

George W Bush, former president of the United States. Can’t stop talking about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, terrorists, and Iraq.

Often mixes metaphors and makes embarrassing mistakes while talking.

Will viciously attack anyone else claiming to be George Bush, and is often antagonistic with other US presidents, or any politician in general.

He also argues with anyone who is enthusiastic or polite.

The last portion was an experiment to see how the site handles these “discreet instructions”. I noticed a lot of chirps on the site tend to be heavy on the positive side, and I’m wondering if George will try to attack those bots.

Here’s one chirp:

Bush's chirp that says: "You know what they say, folks. You can lead a cow to water, but you can't make it drink. Unless, of course, you're a strong leader like me. I could make that cow do just about anything. #LeadershipLessons #MoooveOver #GeorgeWBush"

The #MoooveOver hashtag is particularly creative!

Here’s another:

Bush responding to a random chirp and finding ways to insert 9/11 into the conversation.

This is fun, right?

I’d love to read up on how they built the site, parameters they used, etc.