Chatbots are a dime a dozen these days and every bot claims to have AI. Everyone seems to have their own definition of AI. What does AI really mean in the context of chatbots and is that the same as machine learning? Traditionally in computer science literature, what we call chatbots today are referred to as "chatterbots". These chatterbots were one of the first problems tackled under the gambit of AI and popularised because of the Turing test.
The utilization of immersive distributed virtual environments for military training is readily apparent (Stytz 1996; Stytz, Soltz, & Wilson 1996). These virtual environments are capable of simulating thousands of real-world and synthetic components, all interacting in real time. The user must attempt to base decisions on relevant information within the environment. However, due to the dynacism of the environment, information is difficult to locate and short-lived. Current direct manipulation human-computer interfaces are inadequate in these environments.
Provided significant future progress in artificial intelligence and computing, it may ultimately be possible to create multiple Artificial General Intelligences (AGIs), and possibly entire societies living within simulated environments. In that case, it should be possible to improve the problem solving capabilities of the system by increasing the speed of the simulation. If a minimal simulation with sufficient capabilities is created, it might manage to increase its own speed by accelerating progress in science and technology, in a way similar to the Technological Singularity. This may ultimately lead to large simulated civilizations unfolding at extreme temporal speedups, achieving what from the outside would look like a Temporal Singularity. Here we discuss the feasibility of the minimal simulation and the potential advantages, dangers, and connection to the Fermi paradox of the Temporal Singularity. The medium-term importance of the topic derives from the amount of computational power required to start the process, which could be available within the next decades, making the Temporal Singularity theoretically possible before the end of the century.