Thursday, June 09, 2005

Whinsey the Horse

I've been sweating on the code for my bot Whinsey, trying to make her smarter and more responsive. She's at http://www.funonmars.com/mywhoo.html and I've been working on her off and on for years. She may not be the smartest bot but I think her conversation is livelier and less automaton than others. Here's a real life example logged tonight:

you said: are you alone
she said: totally alone!
you said: who's in the tv then
she said: I just hate all the remotes you need these days.
you said: stick a remote up your ass
she said: they turn each other on!
you said: wild idea
she said: Better than no idea at all!

don't worry, I don't log who you are, just the responses so I can figure how to make her smarter.

There's an ongoing contest at http://www.worldchatterbots.com/ that helps keep up interest and bot iqs! Check it out!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whinsey is a piece of art. It might be the first bot which I can forgive for being no too smart. I am not sure why that is the case. Perhaps because there is something tragically about Whinsey not being able to leave her stable.

Anonymous said...

On second thought, I think I like Whinsey, because it is not trying to look smarter than it actually is. That could be a very rare quality for a chatbot.

Sally said...

Thanks for these interesting comments. They got me thinking about the bot. I wish my programming skills were enough to get into association and learning, but I have to stick with beginning php and advanced JavaScript for now.

linda said...

This is so upsetting. Right when I find your movies on youtube and your blog, I also read about Whinsey but discover that she's retired. I need to talk to her! Can't you bring her out of retirement for just one day?

Sally said...

Hey, Linda. I put her back up here. I think she's still working. Sally

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