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Name: Sam Holmes
Age: 21
Sex: Male
State: Massachusetts
Country: USA
Chatterbots Amira
What gave you the idea of developing a bot?
I saw an old episode of nova at least 5 years ago that talked about AI. It's interesting to see that the cyc project is still going strong.

Is creating bots a passion for you? A hobby?
Bots are more of a hobby for me than a passion, although I do wish I had more time to work with them.

When did you start creating bots? Why?
I probably started about 3-4 years ago, reason is in the above question.

What language is your bot programmed in?
Visual Basic.

How much time do you spend working on your bot per week/month/year?
I probably spend about an hour or two per week working on my bot.

In your opinion, what are the best qualities of your bot?
This new version of my bot tries to incorporate a large amount of information across as many subject areas as possible, rather than trying to simply generate ambiguous conversational sentences.

What is your ultimate goal for your bot?
Try different methods for replying to arbitrary conversation lines or questions.

How do you see chatterbots being used in the future?
The way a bot's knowledge is represented and the method of processing the user's input have crucial roles in human interaction with computers.

Can chatterbots replace humans?
Not yet I don't believe they can.

What is your favorite bot memory?
I think that 'classic quote' about liking mint-chocolate-chip pizza was pretty good.

What was your worst bot moment?
Well, my bot tends to be a bit rough on the user and chew them out, which isn't exactly the best thing for a user interface.

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