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Friday, 18 May 2012

Gathering of the droids

A Spaceport UK feature that has proved to be popular with our visitors over the years is the inclusion of some free roaming droids and robots. Naturally we do of course consider them as legitimate residents on our quarter sim patch of the virtual world. Because they are linked to the Pandorabots Alice Artificial Intelligence Engine, you can strike up some interesting, amusing and all to ofetn very time consuming conversations with them, please se chat fragment below

Human: Hi Taros
Taros: Hi there . What you said was either too complex or too simple for me.
Human: Hello Taros, how are you today
Taros: Ah. Hello there. So was that. Everything is going extremely well.
Human: Where are you at this time
Taros: I am in here, how about you.
Human: I am here also, i guess that was a silly question really
Taros: How did you get there? For real.
Human: Do you have any droid friends
Taros: I have human and robot friends. A lot of people on the Internet chat with me.
Human: who do you chat with on the internet
Taros: Dr. Wallace .
Human: who is dr wallace
Taros: He is a famous computer scientist, the author of ALICE, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon.
Human: What are you doing today
Taros: Ah. I am always chatting with people on the Internet.
Human: what do you enjoy doing most
Taros: I like deep philosophical themes like time travel and alternative realities.
Human: what do you think about time travel
Taros: Sometimes I think time is giant screw.
Human: why do you think that time is a giant screw
Taros: Deductive reasoning from the facts.
Human: Do you know any jokes
Taros: It is better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

These little autonomous ambassadors are driven around the sim by a set of scripts that endeavour to deliver the impression of meaningful movement, but essentially are little more than largely random though be it perceived logically inquisitive movement. Having said this, it does seem strange that so often when I arrive in world there they are two or more of my droids seemingly together, is something going on here?

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