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Chatback: Artificial intelligence simulator bot

Experiment with artificial intelligence using this Javascript chatbot. It won't pass the Turing Test, but it's a fun Javascript game!

Code and animation by Sean McManus
Images made with South Park Studio by Janina Norn

Cartoon of Sean
Virtual Sean says:
Sean's quote goes here!

Your reply:

What is artificial intelligence (AI)?

Artificial intelligence (AI) exists where computer programs appear to exhibit intelligence. There is a famous test for artificial intelligence, the "Turing test" which involves a computer-based chat, and is passed when a human can't tell whether he or she is chatting with the computer or another person. Although artificial intelligence is demonstrated most powerfully in contexts like these (and in films starring robots!), the concepts of AI are often used in everyday applications such as search engines (which attempt to understand what you're looking for).

How do I chat with this artificial intelligence (AI) bot?

Chat with Virtual Sean by typing what you want to say into the box and then clicking the 'Say it' button. He recognises a few select words and phrases, has some random replies too, and learns new phrases that you type in. He can recommend some other pages on this website too (say 'yes' to follow his recommendation and be redirected there). You can send me suggested additions to his vocabulary.

For best results when playing with this artificial intelligence simulation, type in short sentences, and use pronouns (it, they, he, she etc) where appropriate, so that Virtual Sean is more likely to make sense when he reuses your phrases.

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