Thoughts of a geek

29 May 2009


Filed under: Computers, Humourous — Tags: , , , — qwandor @ 7:32 pm

I have been told that I should tell you all to talk to Bob. Bob is a chatterbot I wrote about three and a half years ago, which learns from what people say to it. Everything it says is based on something it has heard in the past; there is no knowledge of any particular language built into it.

Unfortunately the problem with putting such a thing on the web — or indeed most anywhere on the Internet — is that people tend to type garbage into it most of the time, and so it ends up spouting the same garbage. I have just now cleared its database though, so it should hopefully be relatively sensical for at least a few weeks until it gets overwhelmed with nonsense again. It can even be quite funny at times.

If you are curious, after chatting to it for a while you might want to see Bob chat to itself or see the contents of its ‘brain’.



  1. I was to slow at playing with Bab, and now he’s silly. How hard is it to empty his brain again so we can start over?

    Comment by Katie — 13 August 2009 @ 10:00 pm

    • Not hard. Though it would kind of be a pity to lose the good with the bad. Hmm. Maybe I should try to write a better chatterbot sometime. I am a bit uninspired though.

      Comment by qwandor — 14 August 2009 @ 12:04 am

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