Internet robot chat for adults
It's trying to form relationships, to be entertaining, and it can seem rather alive." After years of disembodied conversation as a text interface, George has finally gained a fully animated 3D body under the expertise of Tim Child, founder of Televirtual Ltd and the creator of the children's programme Knightmare. George is now a slightly androgynous-looking humanoid capable of a full range of gestures and expressions, from a creepy smirk to drumming his fingers impatiently.
Mr Carpenter and Mr Child hope that spoken conversation will improve his responses, because people speak more naturally than they type. This is where you’re fortunate in two ways; I've written more about the value of Interactive Personal Assistants on the Distilled blog, so this post won't spend any longer focusing on why you should develop chat bots. Ever since I started investigating chat bots, I was particularly interested in finding out the answer to one question: What does it take for someone with little-to-no programming experience to create one of these chat applications from scratch?Fortunately, I have direct access to someone with little-to-no experience (before February, I had no idea what Python was).'I know you' George is one of several chatbots produced by the prize-winning linguistic artificial intelligence software developed by programmer Rollo Carpenter.
He owes his conversational prowess to millions of online conversations that he has carried out with visitors to the website jabberwacky.com, and with Carpenter himself.
"In a sense, it's borrowing the intellect of the people that come to talk to it, taking their words and finding the most matching contextual moment from previous conversations," says Mr Carpenter.