In February of 2013, I wrote a blog post about how to create a virtual agent / intelligent assistant for your business.At the time, I presented my findings about two virtual agent technology companies that I’d researched: My Cber Twin and Chatbots4
A recent peek led me to believe that the site is no longer G or even PG-rated, if you get my drift. All of this evidence leads to an obvious question: is it a wide-spread “nerdy guy” fantasy to engage in explicitly adult conversation with a computer software program masquerading as Venus?
What, I wonder, is the deal with all these girl bots and the penchant of young male botmasters for lewd conversation? If we assume that the answer is yes, the next question would be: why?
The most well known chatbots have generally been given a female persona. Do nerdy guys lack the gumption to engage a real flesh and blood young woman in conversation? Is it really more satisfying to talk to a chatbot that’s restricted to a handful of vapid phrases than to interact with another human being?
The popularity of opposite-sex chatbots probably says something about contemporary society. Are nerdy guys less lucky with the ladies than their less-nerdy counterparts? How many teenage boys don’t spend most of their time with their face in some gadget or other?
Perhaps for that very reason, boys are more comfortable talking to animations of females on their mobile screens than asking a real girl out on a date.