Part of Project Intercept, the bot converses via text message with clients drawn in by online ads for sexual services, on topics such as age, body, fetish services, and pricing and once it gets them to admit to an intent to purchase sex delivers a stern warning about the damage this can cause to others.
The warning can vary based on the conversation, if, for example, a potential buyer expresses an interest in someone underage but generally reads: “Buying sex from anyone is illegal and can cause serious long term harm to the victim, as well as further the cycle of human trafficking.
We’re at the start of yet another software revolution.
Things we take for granted — the graphical user interface (GUI) and the app — are becoming extinct, and conversational interfaces are fast becoming the new norm.
Research in Phoenix has shown that on average a single online sex ad attracts 63 potential buyers.SIA has been set up to handle nearly 10,000 enquiries per second, or 864 million in a day, which is nearly 25 per cent of the queries processed by Google every day."SIA will enhance customer service several notches above.So far, the chatbot has exchanged 14,000 messages with nearly 1,000 people who responded to the planted ads.In about half those cases it heard enough to deliver a warning message.“It helps that the guys who are buying sex are not paying much attention to the human being on the other end of the phone,” says Beiser, of Seattle Against Slavery.