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Name: Paolo Vacirca
Age: 19
Sex: Male
Town: Malmö
Country: Sweden
Chatterbots Paula
What gave you the idea of developing a bot?
If first came in "close-contact" with an artificial intelligence at the BBS-systems in Sweden. One of them, called the Castle of Wizardry, had an operator which was always "on-line". Her name was Lisa, and it took many visits, and many hours before I figured out that this "Lisa" was nothing but a robot. And that I figured AFTER asking, because she seemed very strange sometimes and she never remembered who I was although I spoke to her allot. After that, I knew that I wanted to try making my own bot. Simple "yes" and "no" answering bots became more and more advanced. About two years ago, I decided to develop "Paula". With the focus on actually having a nice personality, rather being a bot with advanced grammar-functions, Paula became quite popular. So I released version 2.0. Then 3.0. 4.0 and 5.0. I am however developing Paula Second Generation, which will be the most advanced bot I've made so far.

Is creating bots a passion for you? A hobby?
Programming is just a hobby of mine. My passion in life is making film, and being a director is what I want to do for a living.

When did you start creating bots? Why?
(see question 1.)

What language is your bot programmed in?
All my bots this far have been made in BASIC-languages. Qbasic, QuickBasic. For the "Paula Second Generation" which is not yet released, I'm using VisualBasic.

How much time do you spend working on your bot per week/month/year?
When I had allot of spare time, I was working many hours a week. Now, I'm too buissy with the film making. That's why "Paula Second Generation" isn't ready yet.

In your opinion, what are the best qualities of your bot?
I would say its personality. It may not always seem very bright, but at least she's fun talking to.

What is your ultimate goal for your bot?
The ultimate goal would be making enough money, to be able to produce my own films rather than licking up to producers.

How do you see chatterbots being used in the future?
Chatterbots will probably take over most of the operator-jobs. I don't think it will take over important peoples jobs, like the excecutives phone etc. It will rather be the operator connecting you to whom you which to speak. I mean, why can't a robot say "Just a moment. I'll hook you though".

Can chatterbots replace humans?
In some extent. See the question above.

What is your favorite bot memory?
See question 1.

What was your worst bot moment?
Don't really have a worse. When realizing that Lisa was not real, it was excitement rather than sadness. An artificial intelligence had fooled me. Fantastic!

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