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mikmoth
Moderator



USA
2082 Posts

Posted - Apr 02 2006 :  02:22:24  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
I got this email from the webmaster at ChatterBox Challenge:

All of the sponsors (Agentland, Zabaware, Verbots) has really only been interested in the publicity the contest can generate. After the online voting has ended they have a pretty good idea of the traffic generated to the site based on the number of votes cast. Here we have failed. Not one sponsor has backed the contest for more than one year. They see the poor numbers and that's the end of that.

I guess traffic is way down... so please visit http://www.chatterboxchallenge.com/ and cast your vote.

http://www.chatterboxchallenge.com/

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Bob Norris
Curious Member



17 Posts

Posted - Jan 26 2007 :  22:44:40  Show Profile  Visit Bob Norris's Homepage
Hello,

Its more then numbers. Most are un happy with the way the contest is run

Bob Norris
Development Specialist



www.sitechatters.com
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mikmoth
Moderator



USA
2082 Posts

Posted - Jan 27 2007 :  01:07:21  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
I know what you mean. I was a medal winner last year but I won't be entering again for reasons I rather not discuss.

 http://lhandslide.com
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GrantNZ
Dedicated Member



New Zealand
2677 Posts

Posted - Jan 27 2007 :  01:44:21  Show Profile


quote:
All of the sponsors (Agentland, Zabaware, Verbots) has really only been interested in the publicity the contest can generate.

No surprise - that's what sponsorship is all about!! (If companies were doing it solely out of the goodness of their heart, they wouldn't require their logo to be on the sponsorship lists!) I'm not saying that that's a bad thing

I think this contest was the focus of a long article once, which ran for many pages and could never quite nail down the reasons for its lack of popularity Oh well.
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claude
Curious Member



France
21 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2007 :  22:58:12  Show Profile
good morning! I search with no hope ' hal5 ', I am in Europe and ultrahal do not exist has sale here. I had habit with hal5, but unfortunately I lost program.. Then is what anybody could me helped found the download? merçi has all!

claude
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GrantNZ
Dedicated Member



New Zealand
2677 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2007 :  06:17:24  Show Profile
Hi Claude,

Try www.zabaware.com as that is the web site of the company that produces and sells Hal. (By the way, Hal is now up to version 6.) They sell internationally, as I live in New Zealand (a small country located in the south of the Pacific ocean) and I had no problems purchasing the program.

Enjoy!
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vrossi
Forum Admin



Italy
1455 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2007 :  09:01:00  Show Profile  Visit vrossi's Homepage
Claude.

Hal is sold by downloading it from the Web, so it doesn't matter where you live. I also gave you some more info at the other topic you posted your question.

quote:
I live in New Zealand (a small country located in the south of the Pacific ocean)


From Vikipedia I read: New Zealand: Area Total 268,680 km² (103,738 sq mi). It's not so small, Grant


Vittorio
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GrantNZ
Dedicated Member



New Zealand
2677 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2007 :  09:51:22  Show Profile
Compared to our very close neighbour, Australia, weighing in at 7,741,220 km², we're positively miniscule! (A common question from Americans to travelling NZers is "does Australia own NZ?") And our total population of just over 4 million is smaller than many major cities!
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mikmoth
Moderator



USA
2082 Posts

Posted - Apr 11 2007 :  21:53:40  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Voting for CBC2007 is under way... its funny, I don't think he found any sponsors for this years contest. What does that say? I always knew that giving himself 1st prize was not the wisest thing to do. I just think its funny...


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mpalmerlee
Curious Member



USA
3 Posts

Posted - Aug 10 2007 :  19:16:00  Show Profile  Visit mpalmerlee's Homepage
The main problem we had with sponsoring the Chatterbot Challenge is that in addition to paying money to have our logo on the site, we were actually expected to Judge the contest!!! We didn't expect to have to put days worth of work into fairly judging all the entrants, it was a real pain, that is why Conversive (verbots) will not be sponsoring that contest again, plus even after we finished judging, the guy who runs it insisted that his bot be placed into the finalists, rigged? you can decide for yourself. Anyways, I'd really like to see another bot contest get started that was judged by an impartial panel.
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mikmoth
Moderator



USA
2082 Posts

Posted - Aug 11 2007 :  00:31:43  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Welcome the club Mpalmerlee!

I've been on the forum going on two years. Its a small group which seems to be growing rapidly lately. A lot of new faces anyways.

Some of us have chatbots, some of us are working on chatbots, some of us are working on parts of chatbots, and some of us want to create chatbots. We try to help each other when we can but many of us have our own thing going... there's not really a centralized project yet. Mostly we like saying ooooo and aaaaa when one of us does something really neat.

Now that you're here I think the only one that is missing is Robert! We'll get him in here someday...

Again, welcome, make yourself at home...! (And don't be afraid to wear your holloween costume... we can all get a little cooky around here. )



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hologenicman
Moderator



USA
3323 Posts

Posted - Aug 11 2007 :  06:01:52  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
Yes, Indeed, Welcome!

It's a great group of people here with a common goal and differing ideas of how to get there But we all love working toward the same future.

John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.
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Randy
Curious Member



USA
14 Posts

Posted - Aug 12 2007 :  14:52:42  Show Profile  Visit Randy's Homepage
My two cents plus change I suppose:

I've never been one for contests. People begin to take them seriously and the cooperation stops as one tries to out-do the other. I'd like to see this group put their collective heads together and come up with something truly remarkable.

I'm new to the forum but I've been a lurker for many months just watching and trying to figure out which way I'd like to go. I like the Hal 6 because of it's assistant skills, Verbots because of it's ease of programming, Kari for it's conversational skills... now if all three of these, plus all the others I've not mentioned got together can you imagine what we'd have?

Myself, I'm thinking about programming a chatbot with things I've not seen yet in others. Jim will love me because I prefer to use BASIC. Maybe I'm as old as he is. :) Anyway, I have been programming computers since 1978 and professionally since 1982. I'm still gainfully employed but programming on the job isn't as fun as it used to be. Too many rules and regulations keep me from being creative. But I digress.

As Matt (mpalmerlee) can attest: I've created C# programs and knowledge bases for the verbots community and was one of the people who helped create Athena. I wouldn't mind delving into some collective project to create something truly awesome with the fine talents and minds this forum has.

Stepping off the soapbox now...

Randy

I straddle the line between genius and insanity. Guess which side I'm on now?
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GrantNZ
Dedicated Member



New Zealand
2677 Posts

Posted - Aug 13 2007 :  08:00:30  Show Profile
quote:
Maybe I'm as old as he is. :)

Not likely

Oops, I better run!

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Guile3D
Hooked Member



USA
705 Posts

Posted - Aug 13 2007 :  08:19:28  Show Profile  Visit Guile3D's Homepage
quote:
Originally posted by Randy

My two cents plus change I suppose:

Stepping off the soapbox now...

Randy



Good to see you here too Randy. Another fine mind to help us here in our "mad lab"

Guile 3D Studio
http://www.guile3d.com
"Where reality meets Imagination"
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hologenicman
Moderator



USA
3323 Posts

Posted - Aug 13 2007 :  19:03:16  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
quote:
I've never been one for contests. People begin to take them seriously and the cooperation stops as one tries to out-do the other. I'd like to see this group put their collective heads together and come up with something truly remarkable.

I'm new to the forum but I've been a lurker for many months just watching and trying to figure out which way I'd like to go. I like the Hal 6 because of it's assistant skills, Verbots because of it's ease of programming, Kari for it's conversational skills... now if all three of these, plus all the others I've not mentioned got together can you imagine what we'd have?




I Agree, The true challenge is perhaps the challenge of creating something together.

We all have various ideas and priorities that could be put together as a whole with the right hammering.

On the other hand, there is that part of us that needs to accomplish things on our own...

John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.
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