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Some­times you just have to rely on your writ­ers and trust them when they send you an idea. As was the case when one of our reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors, Matt Suddain, emailed from Lon­don, won­der­ing if I’d be keen on him in­ter­view­ing a chat­bot called Mit­suku. “Sure,” I wrote back, “even though I’m not re­ally sure what a chat­bot is …” Turns out that it’s a ma­chine you can com­mu­ni­cate with. If you have an iPhone, you’ll be fa­mil­iar with Siri – and there are more and more of them pop­u­lat­ing our world ev­ery day. You know when you go to on to a web­site to try and work out why your lat­est pack­age hasn’t ar­rived, and an in­stant-mes­sage screen pops up to sort it out? Turns out you aren’t talk­ing to a real per­son af­ter all, but a chat­bot. (I had no idea either.) Any­way, Mit­suku is the Rolls-Royce of chat­bots, a three-time win­ner of the Loeb­ner Prize (the an­nual award for the most life­like chat­bot). Matt has in­ter­viewed her, and it’s one of the fun­nier things I’ve read in a long time, so I hope you like it too.

MICHELLE HUR­LEY

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