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Name: A.T. Murray
Age: 21 +
Sex: Male
State: Seattle, Washington
Country: USA
E-mail: mentifex@scn.org
Chatterbots Mind Script
What gave you the idea of developing a bot?
Movies like "Forbidden Planet" or "The Invisible Boy" or "Colossus: The Forbin Project" and certainly "2001: A Space Odyssey" played a role in it.

Is creating bots a passion for you? A hobby?
It's an all-consuming passion, a march-to-the-sea on the part of the ugly geek AI coder who will never manage to reproduce his flesh but who will multiply a thousand fold his Mind.

When did you start creating bots? Why?
On Tuesday, July 27, 1993 I started coding the Robot AI Mind in Amiga ARexx because I wanted to implement a theory of mind. The theory had taken me at least a dozen years to develop; now the software-coding has spilled over into a new millennium.

What language is your bot programmed in?
The Mind bot is programmed in JavaScript; hence it goes by the name of Mind-Script in the Chatterbox Challenge. It is also in http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/mind4th.html Win32Forth for robots.

How much time do you spend working on your bot per week/month/year?
How do you calculate 60 minutes an hour X 24 X 7 X 52? In other words, the Starving Artists (R?) ain't got nothin' on old manic-obsessive Mentifex, vibrating on the atomic level with machinations and schemes to code and explode AI.

In your opinion, what are the best qualities of your bot?
The http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/jsaimind.html Mind Script bot has infinite expandabilty as its best quality on the path of evolution towards full civil rights on apar with human beings and towards a superintelligence beyond any human IQ. A tall order, to be sure, and far beyond my own meager merits as a programmer and neurotheoretician, but achievable in the 'Net-wide workspace of lucky-to-be-alive Robot AI Mind coders at the dawn of True AI.

What is your ultimate goal for your bot?
Today Chatterbox Challenge, tomorrow the World Wide Web. Already other programmers have been porting and translating the Robot AI Mind from Forth and JavaScript into Visual Basic and Java. A book is in the works, provisionally titled, "The Art of Computer Mindmaking: Programmer's Manual of the Robot AI Mind." The first edition of the "ACM" book will snapshot a frozen moment in the state of the art for the Mind-1.1 release, so that entry-level AI enthusiasts may have the most exhaustive possible documentation of the Robot AI Mind that will only get more and more complex over time, not simpler and not easier to contribute to. As more features and AI powers accumulate, the release of Mind-1.2 will be documented in the second editon of The Art of Computer Mindmaking, and Mind-1.3 will be the subject of ACM-1.3 and so forth, thanks to the miracle of on-demand-publishing (ODP). Meanwhile, the free AI source code is being released into the wild for other enthusiasts to tweak and improve, re-implement and re-imagine, professionalize and proliferate. Whereas a standard operating system like Linux tries to remain coordinated and universally the same, the Robot AI Mind chatterbot seeks diversity, disunion and dispersal in memetic diaspora all over the 'Net and for parsecs out into the intermundia of cyberspace and fleetspace. Each geek coder who Web-hosts the ghost in the machine is invited to annotate any line, any module, any AI with the geek DNA of creativity as a testimonial calling-card of initials +/- date embedded potentially forever in the comment areas of the potentially immortal AI entity. Let one hundred versions blossom, let one hundred websites offer a code-spangled AI environment.

How do you see chatterbots being used in the future?
The intelligent chatterbot may very well take over the most unpleasant, dangerous and difficult jobs from humans so that humans may devote themselves to the most humane tasks of caring for the young and the old, educating those who want to learn, expressing humanity in arts and athletics, and providing a just, non-exploitive society for everyone.

Can chatterbots replace humans?
Yes, intelligent chatterbots certainly could replace humans, but a more appealing future involves the co-stewardship of plant Earth shared among Homo Sapiens and the various species of Robo Sapiens, all working together for the benefit of all.

What is your favorite bot memory?
While programming the Mind bot in JavaScript on 28 January 2001, I uploaded the free AI source code to the Web and then disconnected, with the intention of turning off the computer on which the Robot AI Mind had already -- or so I thought -- been shut down. But the software would not die, even though I had not yet coded in the Rejuvenate module. It kept trying to respond to any character of input, even in the "death = true" state. A weird, eerie feeling came over me, of having created a Frankensteinian entity that could not be snuffed out. The moment still haunts me over a year later.

What was your worst bot moment?
The worst bot moment -- a reoccurring one -- was each time that I discovered some major flaw hidden deep within the incredibly complex software of the Artificial Mind, often buried for months upon months while I uploaded the software to the Web and offered it as the best that I could do, not realizing that I had overlooked some major defects.


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