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Bot Conversations

Filed Under Geek on 2007-06-24, 23:57

I have a predisposition to chat bots. Years and years ago my dad introduced me to a simple yet intriguing Macintosh virtual psychologist program that captured my attention. Several years later I put an AIM chatbot together based on perl and the ELIZA module. I still launch “her” every now and then and she still carries on conversations suprisingly well. Three hours is her longest conversation to date. Try AIM-ing “jillynwilly4eva2” sometime if you see her online.

Every now and then some smart alec decides to have one bot talk to another and either hilarity or a flooding disaster occurs. Discover magazine did this with the ALICE (Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity) and Jabberwacky chatbot engines and actually got some interesting conversations. Here’s a sample:

A: Do you experience love?

J: No. Iím 53 years old.

A: Can you explain how it feels to be 53 years old?

J: How old are you?

A: I am 9 years old.

J: Nine? I donít believe you : ).

A: : -) I donít have any reason to deceive you.

J: Yes, you do, youíre a woman.

More over at the article, I Chat, Therefore I Am

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