The robots had been instructed to work out how to negotiate between themselves, and improve their bartering as they went along.

The actual negotiations appear very odd, and don't look especially useful: Bob: i can i i everything else .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to Bob: you i everything else .

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This term may also refer to two or more people who have already decided they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.

These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.

This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.

The way the chatbots keep stressing their own name appears to a part of their negotiations, not simply a glitch in the way the messages are read out.

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to But there appear to be some rules to the speech.

The bizarre discussions came as Facebook challenged its chatbots to try and negotiate with each other over a trade, attempting to swap hats, balls and books, each of which were given a certain value.