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2005 February archive at WRT: Writer Response Theory

Archive for February, 2005

How a Bot-God is Made


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Alicebot listserv informs me of a potential God in embryo. Ron Ingram birthed Buddhabot online in July 2004. He fed Buddhabot on a transcendental diet of spiritual texts and paying users and hopes that soon it will evolve.

Ingram, a transhumanist, is developing Buddhabot in anticipation of singularity. Singularity, the moment when humans create intelligence superior […]

Chatbot masters chat


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News from the Alicebot listserv: To celebrate ten years of Alicebot.org a colloquium is being held to chat about chatbots. This is the first chatbot dedicated event I’ve seen. The COLLOQUIUM ON CONVERSATIONAL SYSTEMS is being held at the Digital World Research Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, 2-6pm on 25 November 2005.
An informal […]

Calling for Clever Critics


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I’ve been thinking about New Media Arts criticism and the difficulty in assessing or criticising a form that is incohate. I’d like to see some reviews of bots, reviews as in arts criticism or commercial reviews, not so much academic analysis or the usual unfriendly users. Here is a couple, the first more of what […]

Racebots wanted


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This is a request:
Any recommendations for embodied agents (specifically chatbots) in which race (including white) or ethnicity features prominently in either the responses or the bot’s image?
So far the current animated face of A.L.I.C.E., and the Divabot Lauren come to mind.


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To take a turn for the Turing - when we become convinced that human writings were machine generated, what does that mean for us socially or artistically? Consider this post:

“Bondage-chICK” is a young, disturbed girl (she’s a “cutter” who cuts herself to feel better), who stumbled across a free developers’ journal service offered by […]






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