[MUD-Dev] Chatbot

Travis Nixon tnixon at avalanchesoftware.com
Fri Jul 6 18:10:23 New Zealand Standard Time 2001

From: "Robert Zubek" <rob at cs.northwestern.edu>
> Michael Tresca writes:

>> On the A.I. web site, Chatbot (ALICE, click Enter to see it)
>> gives clues about the movie.  I think.  Anyway, the Chatbot is
>> sufficiently advanced that several people on the discussion
>> boards thought they were talking to a real person, or that "a
>> real person was answering for the 'bot some of the time."

> i'm not sure whether that was a case of the bot passing the turing
> test, or the human failing it. :)

> alas, alice is essentially the same mechanism as eliza - a pattern
> matcher with canned response strings, although it can hold on to a
> bit more context than eliza or colby's parry (the paranoid
> schizophrenic bot). there's good information at

It's also not entirely inconceivable that a real person was in fact
answering for it some of the time.  I mean, we are talking about a
publicity stunt for a movie here.  It wouldn't surprise me at all if
their chatbot was set up so that a person could talk through it.


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