And if you continue to be be rude to Poncho, it'll just stop talking to you, giving you the silent treatment for 24 hours.
In the field of robot ethics, this is one of the big concerns.
It's becoming easier than ever to converse with a robot — with products and applications like Facebook Messenger, Apple's Siri, the Amazon Echo chatbot Alexa, and Google Now.
Tech companies are betting big on conversational bots as the next big thing. CBC Radio technology columnist Dan Misener says the way we treat them reveals a lot about who we are as humans.
For instance, there's a weather chatbot called Poncho. But if you're rude to Poncho, it will call you out and ask for an apology.While you won't hurt the bot's feelings, Kate Darling says the way you treat a robot can say a lot about you."We've actually done some research that shows that there is a relationship between people's tendencies for empathy and the way that they're willing to treat a robot," she said.Because the chatbots are coming, and we're just starting to see the first wave.Facebook recently unveiled its plans for chatbots that live inside its Messenger app.