As one worker explained to Hall, the Black woman of the (mainly white) callers’ dreams was a two dimensional racist stereotype which white women were actually better at producing (not to mention less uncomfortable with).
Profiles were cobbled together by employees, and then animated by an army of bots which bombarded male subscribers with messages. David Levy, who has twice won the Loebner Prize (a competition based on the Turing test for machine intelligence, in which a computer has to convince human judges it is also human) is the author of a book called , and president of Erotic Chatbots Ltd, a company whose name is self-explanatory.
The bots’ opening gambits were merely banal: ‘hi’, ‘hi there’, ‘hey’, ‘hey there’, ‘u busy? Recently it has gone into business with an enterprise that makes high-end sex dolls.
Here’s a typical extract from Myketiak’s data, in which the two parties have taken the roles of a male and a female (most likely this reflects their offline identities, but we don’t know for sure).
In the transcript ‘F’ and ‘M’ identify the female and the male participant.
‘Hmmmm’, they would confide, ‘when I was younger I used to sleep with my friend’s boyfriends.