The Atomic Playboy and the Radiation Romeo

The button below will open a new browser window displaying the Flash interface for Atomic and Romeo (Version 16 with Preloader). You will find a page of introductory text, some instructions and then the interface where you can suggest a topic for conversation.

This version 16 uses the landscape layout, updates the heckler and end-of-conversation functions with an audio sign-off. All the features from previous versions remain - scroll bar control,custId variable allows me to better log and track conversations.

The chat-bots are hosted on the Pandorabots server under the Shared Service subscription. Please note, the terms of the Updated Policy Guidelines for Free Community Server state that the “Use of automated scripts to make your pandorabot talk to itself or another bot or script” is proscribed (Pandorabots 2011). This project is being developed with the agreement of the Pandorabots Inc management and we would like to acknowledge their support. ( Pandorabots )

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After you have had a play with Atomic and Romeo please use this link to leave a comment.
Maybe you could suggest a topic of conversation or a layout suggestion.
All suggestions gratefully received.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

ECA Forefront Conference - 2009

Two weeks ago I delivered a presentation to the Early Career Academic conference at the University of Newcastle. The presentation was largely an updated version of my PhD confirmation presentation. The updated sections included an expanded overview of theories of humour and a discussion of how to implement a pair of chat bots.

The feedback was quite positive. However, the feedback that surprised me was that my audience (mostly people from a Science and IT background, with some Communication folk) were interested in the idea of empirical testing. How will I know that the bot interchanges are funny? How can this be tested? Should I use a test audience as part of my research? Should I ask 'experts' (members of the 'field' to use Csikszentmihalyi's term) like stand-up comedians and writers to give their opinion?

This is not something that I had initially planned. And I'm in two minds about it. At this stage I would prefer not to go down this path. Rather, I plan to use an established technique for understanding the structure of humorous exchanges, something like the linguistic / discourse techniques of Raskin and Salvatore (SSTH - Script Theory and/or GTVH - General Theory of Verbal Humor).

This will develop with more reading in the area.

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