Sunday, December 4, 2011

Talking to Machines

     Today people are fascinated by the artificial intelligence of the machines that enable them to interact with people trying to mimic as close as possible the human's reactions and providing near logical responses to conversations with them. This artificial intelligence has already been put into good use by Apple when they introduced Siri. I know most people nowadays of who or what is Siri. So let me introduce you to two more AI that will let you talk to machines, cleverbot and Evie.

Cleverbot's homepage.
     Cleverbot is a web service which allows you to talk to a computer program. The program tries to learn from the context of the words you are giving it and provide you with a response that will seem like a you are actually chatting to a human. Unlike Siri, the service is at the time of this writing limited to conversational purposes and plain fun.
Cleverbot can even answer Filipino statements.
     The interface is very simple. Just type your statement on the textbox then hit enter or click "Think about it!". You can also make cleverbot talk for you by pressing "Think for me!. The chat stream is only visible for up to four lines so if you want to review everything you have talked about, click "Thoughts so far" to see the chat log.
A log of random chat with cleverbot.
Try cleverbot yourself:

EVIE (Electronic Virtual Interactive Entity)
Evie's homepage.
     Evie is much more like cleverbot but aside from presenting a text based response, Evie also talks. She also displays facial expressions as you type and reacts to the statements you say to her.
Just like cleverbot, she doesn't know Siri.
Evie talking to another Evie:


  1. reading this, made me feel like i really live in the ancient times. you have a very informative page!

    Net G.

  2. there's a recent problem... i cant hear her on my computer... can someone help me?

    1. Works fine in my computer. First check if you may have unknowingly put your computer on mute or very low volume. Second, the internet speed is also a factor. On slow connections, the audio is way lagging behind the written text.