|Artemis is a downloadable chatbot capable of human-like written conversation. The program is available to download for free, and doesn't require any installation. You can find more information about Artemis by following the links in the sidebar to the left.|
I have decided to put together a FAQ, so that
it will answer some of your questions regarding the Artemis chatbot, or
chatbots in general.
Q: What is a chatbot?
A: A chatbot (synonyms are chatterbox, chatterbot), is a comper program that you can chat with, as if you were chatting with a human. In other words, it's a program that tries to emulate human speech.
Q: What kinds of chatbots are there?
A: The most common types of chatbots are downloadable bots, website bots and chatroom bots. Artemis is a downloadable bot.
Q: How can I make a chatbot?
A: First of all, you need to know an appropriate programming language. Artemis is written in VB.NET. It's also possible to make a chatbot in PHP. Also, there's a programming language called AIML (Artificial Intelligence Markup Language) which serves this purpose. There are also hosting services such as Pandorabots and Personality Forge that provide additional features for chatbot development.
Q: How long does it take to make a chatbot?
A: This depends on the chatbot and how much effort you want to put. The developpment of a chatbot theoreticaly never ends, since it's always possible to add new features and implement new ideas. If you want to make a chatbot that has moderate chatting capabilities, you can make an appropriate bot in a few weeks or months.
Q: What is the Chatterbox Challenge?
A: The Chatterbox Challenge is an annual chatterbox contest where chatbots from around the world compete, and various awards are given.