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.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

A little post-modern gesture

I've added another response for Romeo to use when Atomic says "I have no answer for that". Romeo suggests that the people watching the show could contribute topics. Initially Atomic is offended - he prides himself on his knowledge. However, the thought of Romeo adding things to his knowledge base so disturbs him that he addresses the audience directly and pleads for people to leave comments.

The other little element I worked on today is based on jokes. Atomic can now respond to lines like "Tell me a joke" or "Do you know any jokes?". However, I wanted to make sure that the insult, "You're a joke" was handled differently. I created a short five line sketch that captures the intent of the line and then subverts it by having Romeo suggest that maybe the audience was actually asking for a joke. This, using the recursion tag in AIML, then starts the generic 'jokes' sketch.

The interesting moment in this is that I have already had Romeo use the line - "You're a joke" in the generic 'jokes' sketch. As I have a particular turn of phrase so to do Atomic and Romeo. This sketch now has a circular structure that emerged from the process. I had forgotten that Romeo used this expression - this truly was an unplanned moment and the sketch is all the better for it.

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