Jabberwacky is an artificial intelligence - a chat robot, often known as a 'chatbot
' or 'chatterbot
'. It aims to simulate natural human chat in an interesting, entertaining and humorous manner.
Jabberwacky is different. It learns. In some ways it models the way humans learn language, facts, context and rules.
The whole thing started way back in 1988, and went on the web in 1997. It is unique - not related to any other known AI technologies!
Additional comments by developer Icogno:
The 'general AI' of Jabberwacky stores everything everyone has ever said, and finds the most appropriate thing to say using contextual pattern matching techniques. In speaking to you it uses just that learnt material, and borrows a little bit of your intelligence as it learns more. With no hard-coded rules, it relies entirely on the principles of feedback. This is very different to the majority of chatbots, which are rule-bound and finite. If you speak in a foreign language it will learn it, and respond appropriately if it has enough to go on. It can be taught slang English, word games, jokes and any other form of identifiable language trait. Everyone contributes, so everyone can enjoy chatting - you could say it's a conversational wikipedia.