Does the name Tom Riddle ring a bell? Then you must have read the Harry Potter series, in which Tom Marvolo Riddle is the original name of the greatest dark wizard and Harry‘s enemy, Lord Voldemort. And, if you have read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, you must be aware of Tom Riddle‘s diary which was able to converse (as in write back when you wrote something in it) with people.
I had come across a site (Tom Riddle’s Diary) quite some time back (through a mail forward), which uses a software robot to give the same effect as the diary in the book. When you type something into it, it erases the text and replies. It’s quite an innovative way to demonstrate the capabilities of a technology.
Coming to the underlying technology, it‘s based on Pandorabots, ”an experimental software robot hosting
service based on the work of Dr. Richard Wallace and the
A.L.I.C.E./AIML free software community“. It is possible to use this bot in many different ways, and there are quite a few implementations available (including a conversation with God spinoff). So, if you’re interested in the underlying technology check out pandorabots.com, where it possible to sign up for an account to create your own bots.