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Qualities that might make a machine feel human

The Boston Globe profiles Darius Kazemi, author of Twitter bots such as Metaphor-a-Minute, Last Words and Two Headlines, as well as the creator of Random Shopper (Previously) [more inside]
posted by frimble on Jan 28, 2014 - 9 comments

 

"I'd buy that for a dollar!" RIP

Requiem for a Twitter Bot - Bixby Snyder bot is no more.
posted by Artw on Jan 2, 2014 - 18 comments

It scoresbetter on the Turing test than most of my actual IM contacts...

Can't get enough of the thrill of talking to an inattentive friend via instant message? Awkward Chatbot will have a halfhearted conversation with you at any time of the day!
posted by schmod on Mar 20, 2013 - 33 comments

It's not the singularity

You knew this day would come. @qwantz, the Twitter bot run by Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics has gotten into a conversation with another Twitter bot, @loudbot. There would appear to be no stopping the two.
posted by tommasz on Oct 24, 2012 - 35 comments

Not all mimes suck.

Shields and Yarnell: innovators in the field of robotic movement, exploring the Uncanny Valley through nationwide public exhibits during the 1970's and 80's. They also took requests for other animals, from other animals, performing with someone named Animal.Lorene Yarnell died in July 2010.
posted by not_on_display on Feb 14, 2011 - 19 comments

Not the real thing, but an incredible simulation.

Forever Alone? No one to talk to? Not anymore! Cleverbot is chatbot AI that learns from people and provides a surprisingly realistic simulation of inane chatter. It's also a Beatles fan. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Feb 12, 2011 - 124 comments

Diceman at the dollar store

Real world implementation of the buy-bot from xkcd. Follow it on Twitter!
posted by Artw on Nov 9, 2010 - 33 comments

They are the robots

Botjunkie fulfills all your robot needs, from balancing, cooperating, dancing, aggressive quadrotors (previously); through other combined or perching flying bots (though the birds object sometimes); to the hideous dancing, crying, kissing, babies of the uncanny valley; to the dextrous everyday pancake, chef and origami bots.
posted by TheophileEscargot on Aug 3, 2010 - 5 comments

Conficker in control

A botnet with 6 to 12 million computers, employing the world's most sophisticated encryption and peer to peer communication lies waiting, but for what? When the Conficker computer “worm” was unleashed on the world in November 2008, cyber-security experts didn’t know what to make of it. It infiltrated millions of computers around the globe. It constantly checks in with its unknown creators. It uses an encryption code so sophisticated that only a very few people could have deployed it. For the first time ever, the cyber-security elites of the world have joined forces in a high-tech game of cops and robbers, trying to find Conficker’s creators and defeat them. The cops are failing. And now the worm lies there, waiting … [via Postroad's rich linkdump: Goodsh*t (nsfw)] [more inside]
posted by caddis on May 15, 2010 - 69 comments

I know a bot

A Swedish pop song about IRC is resurrected into an English number one hit.
posted by hugsnkisses on Mar 8, 2008 - 60 comments

explorations of pure colour theory

Color theory is demonstrated before your very eyes, inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Johannes Itten, Joseph Albers, Marcel Duchamp and George Jetson. yes it's the COLORBOT© Color Harmonizer-Discorder. via dataisnature
posted by signal on Jun 27, 2006 - 26 comments

On Bots

On Bots - results of a year long experiment on search engine bot behaviour
posted by MetaMonkey on Jun 2, 2006 - 15 comments

ChatNannies fools New Scientist and others

ChatNannies: the first real AI bot, or a hoax? Cameron Marlow's private interview with the ChatNannie bot (which was recently reported by New Scientist) reveals that it has perhaps one of the most sophisticated artificial intelligence engines ever devised. So far neither New Scientist nor any of the other media outlets that posted the story have shown the slightest hint of skepticism about its authenticity. Andy Baio's additional research digs up some information that further places ChatNannie's existence in doubt, but how does one conclusively prove that Jim Wightman's bot isn't for real? If it is for real, the New Scientist probably has a much bigger story to report--AI has been solved!
posted by mockerybird on Mar 23, 2004 - 12 comments

Blog Change Bot

Blog Change Bot is an AOL Instant Messenger-based bot that will send you an IM whenever your favorite blogs are updated. (via Blogroots; more inside)
posted by UKnowForKids on Jul 26, 2003 - 9 comments

An interesting idea

An interesting idea Create your own bot... Sounds like an interesting service. What do you think?
posted by TNLNYC on Jul 17, 2002 - 2 comments

Are You Bot or Not?

Are You Bot or Not? You need to be 18 or over! It's kept me amused for a couple of days.
posted by vbfg on Feb 20, 2002 - 10 comments

A picture of the internet.

A picture of the internet.

"A bot is out on the internet every half hour and looks for images which it puts together to a giantic picture - the picture of internet. This is samples from all over the internet. The bot surfs pretty strange and takes strange ways to spread out its ways as much as possible. Sometimes it follow links that it doesn't should visit... but that doesn't happen too often."
posted by o2b on Jul 16, 2001 - 15 comments

InfoBots are coming.

InfoBots are coming. I believe we've touched on this before, but now it seems to be moving from concept to reality: Instant Messenger "buddies" that are actually bots. You send them an IM with a question, such as "Hey pal, what's the weather in Thunder Bay, Ontario?" And it IMs you back with the answer, almost instantaneously. No waiting for messy web sites to load, no funky searches to run. ActiveBuddy has been the most, um, active in developing the technology, but they've been working on it forever without anything to show to the public. Now, it's out there, somewhere. CNET is reporting today that an ActiveBuddy beta bot has been live for a few months; you can play with it right now if you know its name. (And if you do know its name, a tip would be appreciated. I've been jonesing for this for a good while.) A more public version is supposed to be out in a few weeks. Here buddy buddy buddy...
posted by aaron on Apr 25, 2001 - 17 comments

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