‘What’s new about Negobot is that it employs game theory to maintain a much more realistic conversation.’ Game theory, a system of strategic decision-making, makes Negobot’s behaviour more convincing by using seven ‘conversational agents’ to modify the virtual girl’s responses to the suspected paedophile’s behaviour.
Other online-overtures are also busy creating the illusion of a maximal availability of never-ending supplies of alternative partners and in that way secretly, clandestinely and through the back door undermine actual relationships.
The company hopes that it can overcome the awkwardness of phone calls and video chats by keeping the intimacy of video but the spontaneity of normal chat.
The app works by showing a video of the person that you’re chatting with, in the same way as with a Facetime or Skype call.
They also found that a large part of the problem with texting is “describing emotions”, since people can’t tell in words whether something is actually funny, or a person is being sarcastic — unless they use emoji.
That matched the feedback from the young people that Yahoo hopes will use the app, the company said.