Beginners - Building Your Bot Dec 8, 2007 15:23:51 GMT -5
Post by thunder on Dec 8, 2007 15:23:51 GMT -5
At first, it seems like a daunting task and something that requires years of study and advanced degrees in computer science, and if you were starting from scratch, that might be true. But, creating your own chatbot with its own unique personality has been made so easy that even someone like me can do it.
How fancy-looking or smart you want to make it is up to you. The thing to keep in mind is that, in the words of Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tzu, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
The bots you'll find linked to members in this forum are the product of years of tinkering. The additions of voice and talking heads that gesture or show emotion didn't occur over night, or at a single sitting. They evolved over time, and therein is where the fun lies.
Most botmasters will tell you their bot is never finished, there's always something to add, or some new trick to try out. If you're new, but already have a bot started, then we hope you'll learn something here. If you don't have a chatbot, but would like to explore our world and see what's so great about it, probably the best place to start is Pandorabots, where you'll sign up, free of charge, and become the botmaster of your very own chatbot.