RadioLab, one of my favorite shows/podcasts from NPR, had a recent show, that I finally caught, about artificial intelligence. I highly suggest you listen. They talk about chat-bots, Furbies, the singularity, and chat with the author of “The Most Human Human.”
Plus, they turned me on to CleverBot, who you can go talk to right now. Sometimes “his” responses are clever and insightful, other-times non-sensical., but you can certainly waste away the afternoon chatting with him.