I wanted to mention something else about this chatbot: I doubt Google will ever release it as a consumer product -- maybe as an experimental program for researchers to work with.
(Although... the fact that they spent over $1 million on the computational resources to build it means that it will go to waste, if it only ever is used as a research prototype.)
There are two reasons for this. The first is that chatbots aren't the kind of thing Google does. It's not part of their brand and message. They're into helping the user "get stuff done" and "empowering the user". Chatbots are more what Microsoft and Amazon are trying to do.
The second reason is that the way the system is designed, it's hard to know for sure that it won't write racist, sexist, lewd, rude, mean, or immoral responses that can damage the Google / Alphabet brand. In fact, this is probably the main reason Google hasn't released a demo for the wider public (other than researchers), and definitely also why Microsoft didn't release DialoGPT (as they stated in their paper). I've discussed this before, and it was good seeing my prediction on this vindicated.
There are a lot of chatbot and virtual assistants queued-up for public release, but are being blocked by the fact that they might write toxic content, damaging the brand of the company that built them. What's desperately needed is a really good "critic" module that can filter out all these comments with very high accuracy. Such a module need not be full AGI -- it just needs to be particularly sensitive to the kinds of "mistakes" that other AI systems make.
Good critics for robots would probably also speed up the deployment of robotics systems in manufacturing, warehouse work, home automation, construction, and driverless cars. The way they would work is that whenever the robot made a mistake, it would output an "error signal", that could then be used to drive the learning system in the robot so that it does better in the future -- and even cause the robot to correct before completing the mistake the first time.
On an unrelated note: this is something people might find amusing: https://twitter.com/...278319166091264
I chatted with #MeenaBot about the #coronavirus and her advice is to see a doctor sooner rather than later. I guess it's not a bad one & hope everyone is well! On the other hand, Meena is also excited about technology, especially VR!
(Click, to see the examples.)