Dadorac is an iPhone App with speech synthesis and 5 avatars
. Don't want to give set questions to ask, but try to ask about whatever interests you, using conventional spellings. Try questions that you would ask a friend, but that conventional chatbots
would provide poor responses to. Some examples might be:
"what are you having for dinner?"
"where did i leave my keys?"
"where shall we go?"
"why do my knees hurt?"
First turn off your iPhone mute (switch in left-hand corner), then start the application, in order to listen to Dadorac's speech.
Additional comments by developer Mindskate:
chatbot name: Dadorac - a friend in your pocket :D
Tej Kaushal, CEO
Mindskate Limited, UK
PhD Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University, UK
i wanted to learn Python, so needed a project! intrigued by possibilities of using widely available online text content, decided to try a chatbot to explore what could be achieved. aim was to make Dadorac's responses very human like - sometimes witty, sometimes surprising, but never predictable.
first version of dadorac went live in 2008 as a website, then as a google gadget. visitor numbers were too low to make sense for an advertising model. changed strategy to sell an app, hence the iPhone app variant developed in 2010. positioned as "a friend in your pocket" - part social networking, part entertainment, part education.
much too early to say, but as we move forward into a world which will have more 3D content, more robotic devices with more intelligence, people will wish to interact with systems in a more natural way. we'd like to be part of those developments.