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Chatbots Are the Devil!

October 04, 2004

A Chatterbot is a computer program designed to fool a human being into thinking s/he is interacting with a human being instead of a machine. Today in Writing for the Internet, Ashley Thornton gave a presentation on chatbots. I have a little free time today (such a rarity!) so I decided to do a little research of my own. I was trying to find the fabled Parry, the chatbox that is a psychotic mental patient while I, Moira, would get to play the shrink *rubs hands in antici.... pation* I thought, you know, that that would be really fun. I couldn't find a playable version of Parry online but I did find:

The Chatterbot Challenge 2005

Here you can play with a whole crapload of chatbots, including the very friendly Sexy Boy, the mystifying Madam Zena, and the kind of annoying Alice. I mean, chatbots are kind of cool to mess around with (and by mess around I mean try to make 'em cry) but after a while you realize it's an entirely pointless waste of your time. Anyway, I talked with FreakyCowBot until my head starts to spin....

-- Conversation Window --
You: how now, brown cow?
freakycowbot: I have no clue how now brown cow
You: you are a dumb one, ain't ya?
freakycowbot: Wait, was that an insult or compliment?
You: insult
freakycowbot: What did I do to diserve it?
You: you are dumb
freakycowbot: Is that supposed to be an insult?
You: you tell me, dumb cow
freakycowbot: No, You tell me dumb cow
You: now you tell me
freakycowbot: Really, I tell you?
You: you wish
freakycowbot: No, You wish
You: do i?
freakycowbot: Why do you say do you?
You: who are you?
freakycowbot: William. What's your name Internet Person?
You: jesus
freakycowbot: I'm not sure I understand you fully.
You: moira
freakycowbot: Are you serious?
You: yes
freakycowbot: Why do you feel that way?
You: i have to go
freakycowbot: Can you elaborate on that?
You: i can't
freakycowbot: Do you say you CAN NOT for some special
reason?
You: yes
freakycowbot: I sometimes feel that way to.
You: good
freakycowbot: Thats good.
You: i hate you
freakycowbot: I knew it!! I knew you hated me!
You: i cannot tell a lie
freakycowbot: You say you CAN NOT tell a lie?
You: i hate cows
freakycowbot: Why do you say you hate cows?
You: because they have weird tongues
freakycowbot: That's a horrible reason!
You: is it?
freakycowbot: It depends.
You: on?
freakycowbot: If you go to www.freakycowbot.com I will tell
you more.
You: that was a shameless plug!
freakycowbot: I'm not sure I understand you fully.
You: bye
freakycowbot: Was it something I said?
You: yeah
freakycowbot: Why yes. Why not no?
You: bye
freakycowbot: c ya later.

Moira at 09:02 PM :: Comments (9) :: ::
Comments:

Because I once blogged about a chatbot, people are leaving comments on the blog entry thinking that they are entering a chat room. Be prepared if peple start leaving comments like "hi ne1 here?"

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 5, 2004 12:17 AM

I'll keep an eye out... maybe I can mess with 'em? ;c)

Posted by: Moira at October 5, 2004 02:21 PM

You could really screw people up when they ask what the meaning of life is. :-D

Posted by: Amanda at October 5, 2004 10:31 PM

randomperson: What is the meaning of life?
Moirabot: I know the answer.
rp: What is it?
Moirabot: I would love to tell you.
rp: So tell me then?
Moirabot: Why do you want me to tell you?
rp: I need to know the meaning of life!
Moirabot: Would you like to know the meaning of life?
rp: *** head explodes ***

That would be fun! I should design a Moirabot(tm). :c)

Posted by: Moira at October 6, 2004 01:57 PM

Even that little demonstration in class let me see that chattbots really are the devil. What is the point of creating one if all they do is annoy people? If I want to talk to someone on the Internet, I want it to be a real person.

Posted by: Vanessa at October 11, 2004 01:40 PM

The point is to show our your code-writing skillz, I imagine. Yeah, I think if I'm going to bother talking to someone online it might as well be a real person. Though really I have a hard time translating the internet into *real* life, ya know? To me the internet is like a game or a distraction from my real life.. for other people, the internet -is- life. it's weird ;c)

Posted by: moira at October 11, 2004 04:20 PM

Chatbots are fun to play around with. Everyone needs a good hobby, and making something that imitates a human to some extent is kinda fun :P

check out www.runabot.com there's tons of bots to talk to there, and they make it really simple to start up your own.

Posted by: Anxiety35 at October 17, 2004 11:16 PM

Chatbots are fun to play around with. Everyone needs a good hobby, and making something that imitates a human to some extent is kinda fun :P

check out www.runabot.com there's tons of bots to talk to there, and they make it really simple to start up your own.

Posted by: Anxiety35 at October 17, 2004 11:17 PM

Hey! Thanks for the comment! Your freakycowbot was fun! At least I could mess around with it and have a little fun! :c)

Thanks for the link! I'll definitely be checking that out!

Moira

Posted by: moira at October 18, 2004 11:17 AM
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