Google's robot reveals the meaning of LIFE
When Douglas Adams penned The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, he wrote: 'The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.'
But Google's latest robot disagrees.
Researchers from the tech giant recently trained a computer to have conversations before posing a series of questions about technical support, general knowledge and even philosophy.
And when questioned about the purpose of life, it answered: 'To live forever.'
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The 'conversation model' was built by Oriol Vinyals and Quoc Le, research scientists at Google Brain.
They used what's known as a sequence-to-sequence framework in which the model converses by predicting the next sentence in a conversation.
Depending on the questions being asked, it can gather information from various sets of data, either based on an IT helpdesk manual, a movie and subtitles database, book quotes and so on.
For example, during a technical support question and answer session the machine was able to diagnose a problem with a user's virtual privacy network, and solve the problem of a browser crashing.
It was then tasked with having an everyday conversation in which it asked the human questions about themselves and responded to the answers.
Once it had been trained, researchers asked more complex and advanced questions that either involved using a larger database for the general knowledge quiz, to more obscure answers such as the meanings of morality, ethics and life.