It takes time for a new-born to develop speech skills and question-answering techniques.
I haven’t quite mastered everything on Pandora Bots yet but here’s a quick overview of how to quickly set up your own bot and get it to answer some basic questions.
The Subway iteration allows you to order a custom sandwich for pickup, something of a digital version of walking down the chain’s sandwich assembly line.
My understanding (and I may be wrong) is that the first ones are ones made by other people that you can alter to suit yourself.
But I decided to create one with no knowledge or personality so I can build it from scratch. Once you have given the bot a name, you’ll be given the option to publish it on the Pandora Bots site.
When it is published, you then have to program some answers into it. ” You’ll immediately get the response “I have no answer for that”.
The easiest way to do this is to click on the “train” tab. You’ll always get “I have no answer for that” for every question you ask, until you program it with an answer. Just click on “advanced alter response” and when the next screen comes up, type the answer you would like the bot to give, in the template area. But everytime you alter your bot, you will need to re-publish it for the changes to take effect. But for a fee, a couple of outside companies can supply you with an animated speaking character to give your bot that extra sign of life!
It only takes one person to move everything forward to the next stage.
If you decide to make your own bot, leave the URL here in the comments so I can ask it questions!
Pandora is a site that you need to spend quite some time browsing around and trying out what works and what doesn’t. The whole concept of artificial intelligence is still something which is being researched and developed all the time (we’re still a long way off unfortunately from Hal 9000 in Kubrick’s “2001”).
Maybe you would take a look at the Pandora Bot project, subscribe to the various mailing lists, chat to the participants, see what research is being done and realise you alone know how to progress the bots to the next level?
You have to be tender with him as I’m just setting him up.
At the moment he can only answer three questions but I am hoping to give him more knowledge very soon.
But starting this week, you can put it to work for something a little more prosaic: ordering a hoagie.