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Name: Alan J. Brown
Age: 28
Sex: Male
City: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Chatterbots Leo
What gave you the idea of developing a bot?
Nothing in particular. I just got a flash of inspiration. I instantly figured out a way you could break down sentences into a database and retrieve them in a way that would appear intelligent.

Is creating bots a passion for you? A hobby?
No, not really. Every once in a while i get another idea and spend a few hours tinkering with it but not often.

When did you start creating bots? Why?
I created my first bot, CoLIN in 2000. I just got the idea, tried it, liked it and stuck it on the net.

What language is your bot programmed in?
Visual Basic. A lot of people try to convince me of the benifits of using c++ but Leo is very database centric and VB is fine for that.

How much time do you spend working on your bot per week/month/year?
Very little, maybe an hour or two per month.

In your opinion, what are the best qualities of your bot?
I like that it is language independent. It picks up everything from the user so in a way it becomes a shadow of them.

What is your ultimate goal for your bot?
For it to become self-aware and take over the world.

How do you see chatterbots being used in the future?
I think chatterbots will replace call centre workers before too long.

Can chatterbots replace humans?
They can replace basic human jobs. A lot of call centre workers do everything off a script. Chatterbots could easily replace those, but there will need to be a human layer to deal with problems the computer cant handle.

What is your favorite bot memory?
When I first ran CoLIN and realised that my mad idea actually worked.

What was your worst bot moment?
I recently changed Leo so it all runs off a DLL that anyone can use in thier own app. However I forgot to include a reference which meant that anyone without VB couldnt run the new version. I didnt realise this until the new version was on the net and the complaints started coming in. Took 3 days to get a fixed version back up.

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