Originally, they were very tight to computers, then exchangeable through tapes, discs and floppy discs, but since the Internet era they have been widespread. The “stand-alone” application, where the chatbot runs on a single computer, integrates mostly some sort of system interface, allowing your chatbot to control certain aspects and functions of your computer, such as playing media files, or retrieving documents.
Since the steep rise of available hardware and software platforms lately, nowadays chatbots are available everywhere. Nevertheless, first of all you have to choose between a stand-alone chatbot application, and a web-based chatbot.
This could be a text based (typed) conversation, a spoken conversation or even a non-verbal conversation. The “web-based” solution, which runs on a remote server, is generally able to be reached by the general public through a web page.
Chatbot can run on local computers and phones, though most of the time it is accessed through the internet. It constitutes a web page with a chatbot embedded in it, and a text form is the sole interface between the user (you) and the chatbot.
Only a small portion of fanatic botmasters manage to fight their way out of the crowd and get some visibility in the public domain. By clicking on this link you will be asked to provide the name of your chatbot, define your chatbot’s role and create its personality.
However, such a bot is not “your own”, though there are certain degrees of configuration that help to personalise your bot.
Most of the chatbots created this way are no longer accessible. Setting up an account is both free and simple, and after loging in you will see a link labelled “Create a Pandorabot”.
This test determines how well a chatbot is capable of appearing like a real person by giving responses indistinguishable from a human’s response.
The first formal instantiation of a Turing Test for machine intelligence is a Loebner Prize and has been organized since 1991.
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Sometimes it is hard to discover if a conversational partner on the other end is a real person or a chatbot.