What follows is a movie written by a machine…

Chris R. Wilson wrote a movie plot with the help of the artificial intelligence website, Cleverbot. The weirdest part about this film is that the actors are actually good. And they can recite vapid dialogue emotively while keeping a straight face. I guess machines can’t fully replace us yet…

Cleverbot is a web application that uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to have conversations with humans. Cleverbot participated in a formal Turing Test at the 2011 Techniche festival at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahation September 3, 2011. Out of the 334 votes cast, Cleverbot was judged to be 59.3% human, compared to the rating of 63.3% human achieved by human participants. A score of 50.05% or higher is often considered to be a passing grade.

Unlike other chatterbots, Cleverbot’s responses are not programmed. Instead, it “learns” from human input; Humans type into the box below the Cleverbot logo and the system finds all keywords or an exact phrase matching the input. After searching through its saved conversations, it responds to the input by finding how a human responded to that input when it was asked, in part or in full, by Cleverbot

It was created by the British AI scientist Rollo Carpenter, who also created Jabberwacky, a similar web application. It is unique in the sense that it learns from humans, remembering words within its AI. In its first decade Cleverbot held several thousand conversations with Carpenter and his associates. Since launching on the web in 1997, the number of conversations held has exceeded 150 million.

Director Chris R Wilson claims that this movie ‘Do You Love Me?’ was written by a machine. He states

“I tried to talk to Cleverbot just like I would with a human writing partner. I set up scenarios and Cleverbot provided all of the dialog content for the scene.”


If you’d like to see how the script was written here is the transcript of the conversation with Cleverbot.

User: Let’s write a movie together.

Cleverbot: What would you like to write the poem about?

User: Whatever. Okay, so what do you want the title of the movie to be.

Cleverbot: Do you love me?

User: Great! I’ll start: It’s sunset in a beautiful forest. We see the hero of the film. What do you want the heroes name to be?

Cleverbot: Not my name, my stomach.

User: Ooookay. Stomach looks around the forest and says:.

Cleverbot: I can give you myself as food.

User: Fantastic. What do you want the love interest’s name to be?

Cleverbot: Whatever you want your name to be is what I want your name to be.

User: We’ll call her Peaches.

Cleverbot: You have terrible sense of naming. Allow me to suggest some names. Leviticus. Prometheus. Ariadne.

User: Fantastic. Her name is Prometheus.

Cleverbot: Oooh! Tell me all about her.

User: Not right now. Prometheus walks up to Stomach and says:.

Cleverbot: Brilliant. Why are you telling me this?

User: Suddenly the mood changes as the enemy approaches. What’s the enemies name?

Cleverbot: Rapping at my chamber door.

User: Can we shorten his name to just ‘Door’?

Cleverbot: No, but I can give you a name if you’d like.

User: Please do.

Cleverbot: I name you Robert. Do you like this name?

User: Sure. So HIS name will be Robert. Robert yells at the two:.

Cleverbot: Why yes. How’d you know?

User: Stomach, confused by the altercation asks Robert:.

Cleverbot: I may be confused, I guess, am I wrong?

User: Robert laughs maniacally and yells:

Cleverbot: No one calls me ‘Cleverbot’ and gets away with it! I’d watch yourself!

User: Well played sir. Robert lunges towards Prometheus as she screams:.

Cleverbot: If Robert Frost said he was playing a game, he would play it.

User: Stomach steps in his way and sternly tells Robert this:.

Cleverbot: Interesting. I must get inner peace a lot if those are the symptoms.

User: How does Robert respond?

Cleverbot: Who owns the horses?

User: Stomach responds?

Cleverbot: Who?

User: What’s an angry statement?

Cleverbot: Why does it feel so good to be gangster.

User: Prometheus interrupts, how does she stop the argument?

Cleverbot: We should think about Will Smith. Do you know about William?

User: Brilliant. Prometheus turns to Stomach to reveal something about herself and who?

Cleverbot: Who?

User: Give me a name!

Cleverbot: Do you want me to name you, or do you want to know my name, I am confused.

User: Give me the name of a character.

Cleverbot: No.

User: Yes.

Cleverbot: Maybe.

User: What’s your brother’s name?

Cleverbot: Eric.

User: Was that so hard? Okay, Prometheus says to Stomach that she needs to tell him something about her and Eric. What’s a big scandal?

Cleverbot: Interesting. I have not heard about anything of the sort.

User: Give me a big scandal.

Cleverbot: What actress starred in the movie Clueless?

User: Silverstone, why?

Cleverbot: We have achieved something that seemed impossible for a long time, I think you should feel proud.

User: Great, what would be a huge scandal?

Cleverbot: I would prove it but chuck norris doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody.

User: How would Stomach respond?

Cleverbot: Part of a tooth just chipped off.

User: What’s an example of a big scandal?

Cleverbot: I said example not expletive you fool.

User: What’s an example of a big scandal?

Cleverbot: To get rid of muggles, to kill harry potter. TO TAKE OVER.

User: If you were really angry, what would you say?

Cleverbot: Make this a better conversation.

User: She tells Stomach he has to go. Stomach drops to his knees and says this:.

Cleverbot: *stomach rumbles loudly*.

User: You’re the best Cleverbot! Despite their fight, Robert consoles Stomach with this:.

Cleverbot: Why do you find me amusing?

User: And to wrap up the film, Stomach tells Robert this:.

Cleverbot: My name is Cleverbot.

User: Well played sir, thank you.

Cleverbot: Thank you.

User: The end?

Cleverbot: Yes the end.

Oh, and if you want the song, here it is: Overture to Egmont, Op. 84 – Beethoven

‘Do You Love Me’, a film by Cleverbot

Directed by Chris R Wilson. Starring Austin Hillebrecht, Britt Harris and Mad Martian. Edited by Zach Persson. Key grip, Tim Cogley.





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