A few weeks ago I was introduced to the world of BDSM scripts: simple sims that replicate the experience of being with a dominatrix.
It occurred to me that these scripts had a connection to ELIZA, one of the earliest examples of a natural language processing program.
This piece of software, enables the user to have a programable Chat Bot.
Where most of the tutorials circulating on the internet have their knowlegde base hard coded (obviously for demonstration purposes), here we will see that it is possible to add and edit rules to knowledge base during runtime, and the database is automaticly saved to a file on storage.
Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it would be integrating chat bots into Skype, thus allowing you to have quick conversations with a variety of businesses and services.
By answering a couple questions, such as the type of industry and business goals, this assistant will be able to provide you a recommendation on which type of chatbot could benefit your company the most.
As of right now, the only Bots available to add on Skype are Bing Music, Bing News, Bing Images, Getty Images and Build Bot (which is mostly centered around the Build conference).
They're mostly in Preview mode at the moment (in other words, they're still sort of in beta), but they do appear to be functional.
He provides also the dutch TV guide and more movie information.
Skype is the latest service to be joining in on the bot craze.
For example, with the Bing Music bot, typing in "Hello" would bring up Adele's song (a link to her You Tube video, it looks like) rather than polite small talk.
A "Hi" in Bing News brought up articles with the word "Hi" in it. " it responded with different lunch hours instead of what was on the menu. You might ask around or try this thing called the internet." Cheeky.
Naturally, my thoughts shifted to getting it on with a pioneering computer program.
ELIZA was developed at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the mid-'60s by Joseph Weizenbaum.
It simulated the experience of speaking to a therapist by responding to specific words and phrases, and represented a significant step forward in the evolution of human-like AI.
But while some of ELIZA's "patients" took it for human, there were limits to the power of its engagement.