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Name: Yazann Romahi
Age: 25
Sex: Male
Town: Cambridge
Country: England
E-mail: yr206@cam.ac.uk
Chatterbots Mitbolel
What gave you the idea of developing a bot?
At the time, I was wanting to learn Java and the best way to learn a new language is to give yourself a new project. I shamefully admit therefore that it was in fact a means to an end rather than an end in itself.

Is creating bots a passion for you? A hobby?
Amusement value I guess. There are several versions I wrote - one that is implemented as a Java MIRC client and I enjoyed watching people chat with the bot wanting to see how long it took them to realise that they were talking to a computer :-)

When did you start creating bots? Why?
I guess in a crude sense, my first 'bot' was written on my Commodore 64 a long time ago! (it was based on Eliza)

What language is your bot programmed in?
Java. The reason is that I wanted it to be an applet that people can embed into their websites seemlessly and without being dogged down by CGI response rates.

How much time do you spend working on your bot per week/month/year?
Couple of days per year - really not much.

In your opinion, what are the best qualities of your bot?
Definitely the best quality of the bot is that it runs on the client-side on web pages. (I get bored very quickly when talking to a bot that uses CGI). Also, the database is user-editable and plenty of people on the web have installed versions of Mitbolel on their own websites complete with their own personalities. I've even had someone make a German version of it! (and this is without the need to write a single line of code).

What is your ultimate goal for your bot?
I initially started writing it with the intension of embedding a financial expert system based on CLIPS into it. I think that that idea has somehow faded into the background.

How do you see chatterbots being used in the future?
Virtual malls, with virtual sales reps and virtual customers - the virtual agents seemlessly blend in with the real ones.

Can chatterbots replace humans?
It depends what you mean. They can certainly replace certain tasks that humans do.

What is your favorite bot memory?
Watching people on IRC talk to the bot :-) thinking that Mitbolel was just a really stupid and/or abnoxious person.


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