Virtual adult chatterbot
Anna is written in a special, easy-to-learn interpreted language, called AIML. Eating and sleeping are Bildgesmythes' favorite pastimes, but he loves to joke and give words of wisdom.
This bot won first prize in the 2007 and the 2008 Chatterbot Challenge.
It is often overlooked in an era of countless cute free online calculators and interactivities.
But few of the latter are easily deconstructed and customised to fit specific classroom needs, let alone being dressed in period costume to become a historical set or adventure cockpit for a an edu-game.
Now that Excel has incorporated graphic tools and form controls it is no longer ‘the boring old uncle’ of software.
Its appearance can be as exciting as whatever graphic image you import into it.
I’ve been developing & have published spreadsheet applications for teachers for some time now. There are so many valuable tricks, ideas and powerful concepts buried in his workbook.
In particular, I have animations, adventure scenarios etc that can be used to create games for the classroom. acted quick and emailed me his article and Excel workbooks by Thanksgiving day. I encourage everyone to play with his file (you need to enable macros) so that you can learn a thing or two.
The two main programs here are my well-known "chatbots", Billy and Daisy.Such programs are often designed to convincingly simulate how a human would behave as a conversational partner, thereby passing the Turing test.