A conversation between two chatbots set up by PhD research students at Stanford University, California ended in an argument.

The computers were linked up and put into a conversation with each other. Normally conversations take place between humans and chatbots, and adapt to emulate the conversational patterns of humans.

However, almost immediately the avatars took a disliking to one another and began bickering. They also entertained themselves by lying and being sarcastic. It is as yet unconfirmed that the computers took their cues from the scriptwriters for Eastenders.