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Are you a robot?

In General, Information, Internet on April 11, 2007 at 11:42 pm

Most of you will be familiar with “chat-bots”, “chatterbots” and the like as may be found on AIM, chat-rooms and the like. But although I was aware of their existence, I was unaware how much they could be found online until I read this article by Jason Striegel. I’ve never been a big fan of IM and chat-rooms (a case of personal preference), but I would like to think I’d be aware if I was talking to a robot or a real life person online.

How strange it is that people use such bots to imitate “real” conversations. Stranger still that many are unaware that they are talking to artificial intelligence…

Since the Internet has become popular, there has of course been criticism that people spend more time talking online than having real, face-to-face conversations. And it’s probably fair to say that when talking online, be it in chat rooms, via email or on IM, our conversations are stifled and somewhat artificial. There are no “umms” and “ahs”, no pauses, no change in vocal tone and little room for genuine expression. In Striegel’s article, he discusses how he was mistaken for a bot on AIM, and that even a chat-bot failed to recognize him as a human!

So I took the “Turing Test” on MrMind.com. And I’m starting to wish I hadn’t now… The “bot’s” responses made me realize more than ever how limited online conversation can be. If I didn’t know better, I’d say I could easily have been talking to a person! Perhaps the “LiveChat” with a supposed customer service representative wasn’t a human at all…

Try talking to a bot with this article in mind. It may be a striking revelation…


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Transform your iPod into a fully functioning PC!

In General, Information, Technology on March 2, 2007 at 3:29 pm

Wouldn’t it be great if you could take your PC in your pocket, everywhere you go? Mojopac have designed a great software application which enables you to store everything on your PC (programs, shortcuts, documents…) on any USB device!
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Unlock your car using a tennis ball??

In Information, Uncategorized on February 28, 2007 at 3:06 pm

I found this great video on the Crooked Brains blog which shows how to recover keys locked in a car using only a tennis ball!

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It seems to work by forcing air into the lock mechanism, which in turn releases the catch within. I have to say, this doesn’t work on all cars, and obviously won’t stop an alarm going off, but it is handy for incidents of accidental key loss!

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Bye pod? How to get back at iPod thieves

In Information, Security, Technology on February 27, 2007 at 3:06 pm

GadgetTrak have developed a great free service to help track down the thief if your iPod (or other USB storage device) is stolen!
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The power of the people’s internet

In General, Information, Internet on February 24, 2007 at 4:19 pm

In November 2006, the UK Government launched the “e-petitions” system, which allows people to create petitions online and submit them to Downing Street without having to deliver them in person.
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Download free applications, games, music and more for your mobile phone

In GSM, Information, Internet on February 17, 2007 at 11:02 am

Mobango is the best site I have yet found for free mobile applications, games, music, videos, etc.
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How to recognise a scam

In Education, General, Information on February 12, 2007 at 4:38 pm

It seems to me that in recent months, the number of scams around has increased dramatically. Emails promising lottery wins, letters encouraging you to participate in get rich quick schemes, and even unwanted calls. Sometimes it’s hard to recognise what is genuine from what is not…
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Useful blogging/web design tools

In Blogging, Information, Internet on February 10, 2007 at 10:31 am

Here are some useful websites and tools I have come across while working on new projects. Perhaps they may be useful for you too!
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Britons fear cybercrime more than burglary!

In Education, Hacking, Information, Internet, Security on October 24, 2006 at 11:01 pm

A survey released by the UK government has revealed that the British public is now more fearful of cybercrime than burglary and crimes against the person such as muggings.
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Kunoichi’s guide to cheating partners

In Espionage, General, Information on September 20, 2006 at 1:18 pm

It’s an inconvenient truth that most people will be the perpetrator or victim of infidelity during their lifetime. For some time now, I have been loosely involved with a private investigations agency, and can honestly say that the most frequent ‘domestic’ contracts are to spy on cheating spouses. So whether you are worried that your partner is having an affair, or if you are the one cheating and want to know the pitfalls to avoid, here is my quick guide to cheating partners.
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