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This presentation showcases a mixed-method experiment designed to investigate the impact artificial intelligence (AI) has in the L2 classroom. The chatbot www.cleverbot.com was utilized during this experiment. Students’ perceptions, levels of interest, self-concept and proficiency measures were captured throughout a semester of EFL study for 253 Japanese university students. The presentation describes the steps in designing this multifaceted approach, and highlights the quantitative results captured via the student interest measurement specifically developed for this experiment. Analysis indicates interest in interacting (speaking) with the AI dropped dramatically given repeated exposure, whilst interest in performing the speaking activities with peers remained stable.