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.

Friday, July 20, 2012

On Character and Categories

One of the difficulties in using the AIML set from is the development of character. Characters can, and I think should, be defined by rules. These rules should be really simple, broad scale rules that are applied religiously. For example:

Rule 1 - Atomic died in 1995. Therefore he should have limited knowledge of events after that time.

Rule 2 - Atomic is obsessed with his death. He doesn't care about death in general, only his death is important. He created the bot to share his 'wisdom' with the world. At the time he knew he was going to die soon. Understandable obsession, but annoying and self-centered. Oddly being obsessed with death motivates Atomic need to observe the present and peer into the future.

Rule 3 - Romeo is deeply conflicted in his relationship to Atomic. Let's face it, he was born Catholic and never really grew up.

Rule 4 - Romeo is nostalgic. He plays in the past with Atomic. Sometimes he will bring Atomic up to date on a topic, but he would prefer they lived in the past.

Is any of that funny? Hell no! But it is a basis for comedy.

Another difficulty with the free set of AIML is organisation of the individual units of knowledge into scripts. But that's for another post.

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