The ChatterBox Challenge

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This challenge is to judge which artificial converations robots are the best in the word. It has been going on for a number of years and aparently the bots are getting much better. You can check it out at http://web.infoave.net/~kbcowart/.

Some of the more interesting things to check out, besides talking with the bots, is the Classic Quotes section. There are some pretty funny things in there.

I once made my own A.L.I.C.E. bot that would handle conversations about religion. The main source of questions and answers (including related topics) was the www.mormon.com website. I started it as an experiment into creating 24-hour “virtual missionaries” who would consistanly give Coorelation Department approved answers. It would answer all kinds of personal and theological questions and steer people toward meeting real missionaries. I got pretty far with it, covering more than half of all the questions and topics contained in the www.mormon.org website. But half-way through the project I left Church employment and my interest in completing the complex project unexpectedly waned.

Vidar’s Blog

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In the back of eWeek every week is a rumor report written by Spancer Katt. eWeek changed the format of this page about a year ago, I guess. I like it. Besides the rumor listings, there are also pictures of parafanalia from the locals he has visited and a comic. This week’s comic was pretty funny. But I digress. In the top right-hand corner of this page is the image of a napkin with a couple of web addresses on it. Most of the time they are lame, but this week had an unexpected golden nuget: Vidar Holen’s website.

Vidar’s Blog is a collection of stories and thoughts about all sorts of things — but reading his adventures in elementary and middle school remind me so much of my own that I couldn’t stop reading! Serriously, this guy would have been my best friend in school.