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Chat Bot

A chat bot, also known as either a chatterbot or a chatbot, is both a bot and a limited AI creation. Its an external program complete unto itself that can be plugged into a virtual environment and given an avatar to wear. It is also an AI designed with varying degrees of success, to have enough mastery of human language, sentence structure and constructive reasoning, to be able to converse with a human at length to the point that the human believes they are conversing with another human.

Typically chatbots have been used to advance the cause of strong AI and natural language interfaces.

There is an annual prize, the Loebner prize, connected to chatbots. Each year the latest and greatest compete in a Turing test with judges to win the distinction of being the first AI to actually pass the Turing test.

See Also: Loebner Prize, Turing Test

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World Review: Chamber of Chat
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An isometric collection of rooms, Chamber of Chat is designed to mimic the Harry Potter franchise as closely as their technology allows, incorporating every detail from the series in some form or another. Areas include Hogwarts, the dark forest, Gringotts bank, and other locations across the UK.

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The Impersonalities of Chat VR: Pros and Cons
Chat-based VR is impersonal. With the currently available levels of technology for this home-based social VR type, it has to be. Such systems are very good for communication, but if you try to go much beyond communication, into full-blown social interaction, dating, lifestyle, and well, life, you run into a problem.

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MUD Pies: Part 2
Part two of this series takes you through everything you need, to turn your initial code into a functional chat server ? the bare-bones basics for any world.

World Review: Dreamland Park
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A gem of a social system, tucked away, out of the mainstream, DLP offers a little slice of cyber-utopia for a small number of friendly people, outside the usual realms of 3D chat.
Rating 61.5

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Roleplay Avatars with Emotion
A 'super emoticon' system for online chat, using photos and morphing them to create emotions, works just as well with CGI pictures as it does with faces, opening the way for facial expressions in roleplayed humanoids.

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Voice Chat Can Really Kill the Mood on WoW
A commentary from Wired magazine on the advent of voice in the gameworld WoW, and how it is destroying the virtual identity ? physical identity threshold. Well balanced for both sides.

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Future Chat
What do students think about the future of teaching, learning, and technology? The Threshold/ISTE Youth Forum gave 11 high-school students a platform to help us learn from those who will lead us into the future. Warning: 470 kb Adobe Acrobat document

World Review: Sherwood Dungeon
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Sherwood Dungeon is a shockwave based, gaming virtual environment. It is in essence, a MMO boiled down to its finest base elements and given a 3D feel. A combat world, with chat added on the end, it often feels lacking, and even boring after prolonged participation.
Rating 39.5

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The Loebner Prize
The Loebner Prize for artificial intelligence is an annual contest, designed to put artificially intelligent chat programs through their paces. It uses the Turing Test for AI, as conceptualised by Alan Turing in the 1950 paper "Computing machinery and intelligence". In the decades since then, the Loebner prize is the first attempt to take the Turing test seriously, as a benchmark for AI.

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Virtual Voice: The Power of Online Communication: A Textual Voice
Textual communication, as exhibited by chat rooms, MUDs, graphic social VRs, and MMOs, is itself a form of voice, a virtual voice. There are many who cannot speak properly, through the many disabilities which can affect voice: ME which wastes muscles away; cerebral palsy, which limits fine motor control; Parkinsons, which plays with signals from the brain to the body, or simple paralysis.


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Google has picked up Sweden-based Marratech for their video conferencing software. Google's VP of engineering, Douglas Merrill, made the announcement on the company's blog last night, saying that Marratech's software will "enable from-t...

University of Maryland's Center for Risk and Reliability has conducted a new study, which has foud that using a female screen name like Cathy, Melissa or Stephanie is more likely to elicit threatening and sexually explicit messages.

"There's a lot more interest in video calling," said Gina Clark, vice president and general manager for Internet Communications at Logitech, which makes computer peripherals such as webcams. "And in this holiday season, where folks can...

Internet calling service Skype plans a public "beta" test of a group video chat function that lets up to five people participate in a video call simultaneously.

When the feature launches next week it will be free, but Skype...

In a series of TV ads in 1993, AT&T pitched a vision of a near-future absolutely brimming with live video communication. From a busy mom tucking her kids in bed from a video phone booth and a barefoot exec participating in a business meetin...