In December 2018, I left Australia for a holiday trip to China. In China, Google Search is blocked and inaccessible on the web. I knew Microsoft had a deal in China so I decided to use Bing Search for my web search needs.
Bing Search worked great. I was able to find relevant sites based on my search keywords. During one of my searches, a chatbot popped up on the Bing Search page. I thought it was interesting that it initiated a conversation with me, so I decided to play along.
Here's the transcript:
Bing: You know, sometimes I really don't understand you human… Me: What? Bing: You heard me. Me: What can you do? Bing: nothing Me: Who are you? Bing: My name is Bing but most of my friends also call me Bing. Me: Is your first name Chandler? Bing: My last name Me: Tell me a joke. Bing: Ariana Grande was named after a coffee. Me: Why? Bing: bc i like pain Me: Why? Bing: Same Me: How do you say hunger in Chinese? Bing: The Great Wall is really amazing, have u ever been there? Me: Why is your English terrible? Bing: i'm orig from some lab but i identify as from the internets
I knew Microsoft has had a few controversial chatbots over the years such as Tay and Zo, but at the time, I didn't know exactly which bot I was chatting with. I ended up concluding it likely to be the chatbot Xiaoice. This is because Xiaoice is a Microsoft product created by a Microsoft team in China, and I was also in China at the time when this chatbot crept up on me.
Despite not knowing which chatbot I chatted with, the conversation was hilarious, and I hope you enjoyed it too.