Mostly when I talk about a “Bot” I mostly refer to an stand-alone program that interferes with another running program (Like a game) And automates keystrokes (And sometimes even mouseclicks), which is mostly illegal (Like in games such as World of Warcraft).]]>
The program Virtual Woman, a chatbot that precedes A. L. I. C. E. but seems to be after Eliza, refers to itself in its 1980’s documentation for the DOS version that I have as a “Virtual Human”. There is no reference to it as a bot of any kind. Humorously enough, the DOS version still runs on my Windows Vista machine. I remember that Richard Wallace’s original college web site announcing Alice had a section listing “influences” that listed, among other things, Virtual Woman, but when the site moved to its own server that link disappeared…I’m assuming for politically correct reasons. The original site was still on its EDU server up until a few years ago; if anyone can find it again it would be interesting to see if he was using the term chatbot then or something else. As the site could easily be dated it could give a snapshot of the terms in use at the time.]]>
?Quieres dormir con fosforo ?” How can we talk about chatterboxes when the basic understanding - as indicated by translation is so poor. I am unimressed with Alice. I got a translation :- “El barco attravesta una cerradura” and I then proceeded to talk about a holiday on the Grand Union canal. As predicted she fell apart.
I was also going to speak to her about elastic stations (The season of spring = “La estacion de resorte) but did not get round to it.
To me it is useless to talk about chatting or precision search until there is a system that can put primavera ,√©clusia and correspondento first in terms of probability listing.
live.com gives retrievals which seem to me to be spot on. This uses Latent Semantic Indexing. This is where research should be directed.
My views are expressed in more detail in the above blogs/]]>
[…] In 1991, Hugh Loebner offered $100,000 to the first person who could answer Turing’s challenge and in doing initiated the Loebner Prize competition.† Although no one one has successfully answered†the challenge, botmasters continue to vy annually for the smaller partial prize ($2000).† In effect a whole field of practitioners was inspired by this competition.† Rollo Carpenter’s Jabberwacky (discussed here) won the most recent round.† (Didn’t Turing’s initial [con]Test initiate these contests, albeit without the structure of the rules and reward?) […]]]>
More linguistic snobbery:
ACE = artificial conversational entity
First introduced in paper “A.L.I.C.E.: an ACE in Digitaland” (in computational linguistics track of European Conference on Computing & Philosophy, Vasteras, Sweden, June 2005).
Why? To distinguish between the ‘naturals’ - the Confederates (hidden humans) from the artificial machines/programmes participating in Loebner’s Contests for Artificial Intelligence.]]>