... And I must say, it is quite popular out there.
Negobot is a conversational agent posing as a 14 year old girl, intended to detecting paedophilic intentions and adapting to them. Negobot is based on Game Theory, and it is the result of a R&D project performed by the Deustotech Laboratory for Smartness, Semantics and Security (S3Lab) and Optenet. The members of the team are:
And myself. Its scientific approach is explained in the following paper:
Laorden, C., Galán-García. P., Santos, I., Sanz, B., Gómez Hidalgo, J.M., García Bringas, P., 2012. Negobot: A Conversational Agent Based on Game Theory for the Detection of Paedophile Behaviour . International Joint Conference CISIS12-ICEUTEA12-SOCOA 12 Special Sessions, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Vol. 189, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 261-270. (preprint)
My friend and colleague Carlos Laorden was interviewed by the SINC Agency about the project some days ago, and the agency released a news story that quickly jumped on a wide range of online and offline agencies, newspapers, radio stations, news aggregators, blogs, etc. Here is the original news story in Spanish:
Una 'Lolita' virtual a la caza de pederastas
SINC | 10 julio 2013 10:40
The news story featured a video with the interview to Carlos.
And in English, published by SINC at Alpha Galileo:
A virtual 'Lolita' on the hunt for paedophiles
10 de julio de 2013 Plataforma SINC
From there, to major English-language media:
Major international blogs and news aggregators have also featured Negobot:
- Engadget: Negobot: a virtual chat agent engineered to trap pedophiles
- Ubergizmo: Negobot Chatbot To Trap Pedophiles
- IO9: Sophisticated chatbot poses as teenage girl to lure pedophiles
- GigaOm: Catching pedophiles with text mining and game theory
- Gizmag: Chatbot hunts for pedophiles
- BetaBeat: Virtual Teen Can Lure Sexual Predators With the Blink of an Emoticon
- Slashdot: Spanish Chatbot Hunts For Pedophiles
As of today, Negobot has got:
Negobot has obtained a world-wide coverage in the news:
Carlos Laorden has been also interviewed for Spanish newspapers and in radio stations:
- Interview in El Mundo (Spanish, PDF).
- Interview in La Noche de La Cope (Spanish, MP3).
- Interview in La Mañana de La Cope (Spanish, MP3).
And last but not least, Negobot has got some criticism in the form of a (quite funny) video.
Finally, sorry for the SSF, and thanks for reading.