The History of A.L.I.C.E.
Here's your starting place for learning about the history of Alicebot/AIML
As a project with hundreds of contributors worldwide, Alicebot/AIML has many stories. Most of the short pieces below were penned by the creator of the first AIML bot (A.L.I.C.E.), Richard Wallace. Learn about how Alicebot/AIML came to be, and how these projects fit in the larger context of artificial intelligence.
How It All Started
Learn why A.L.I.C.E. was born.
A.L.I.C.E./Alicebot and AIML Implementations
A brief outline of the history of Alicebot implementations, starting with the original implementation in SETL (what's that?) to its present incarnation.
The Lying Game
An introduction to the Turing Test, a subject that has been an important focus of Alicebot/AIML development since the beginning. (Originally appeared in
Can Machines Think?
A claim that Turing's original essay about the "Imitation Game" actually anticipated something like AIML.
Some historical insights about characteristics of human use of human languages underlie Alicebot/AIML.
A.L.I.C.E. wasn't always A.L.I.C.E. But it was always based on some convictions about the notion of "trickery" and artificial intelligence. Find out what a Chinese Room is, and read why critics of the A.L.I.C.E. approach have a run for their money to invent something better.
From Eliza to A.L.I.C.E.
Joseph Weizenbaum found out first-hand what marvels arise from seeming simplicity. His program has been the inspiration for countless derivations, and inspired part of the approach which Dr. Wallace elaborated and expanded to produce A.L.I.C.E. While Weizenbaum was "revolted" by what he discovered, others of us have found it veeeery interesting....
Next time you turn on your television, ask yourself: is that a politician or a bot?
Ruminations on the Territory of Language
The Graphmaster plots on view at the
A.L.I.C.E. Brain Image Gallery
reveal some startling facts about the "human use of human language".
Round Sensors & 5000-Pound Brains
Some of the ideas underlying Richard Wallace's development of A.L.I.C.E., and study of the ongoing output of her cyber-life, derive from older investigations into the physical structure of sensory apparatus. A.L.I.C.E.'s ancestors may be cats and monkeys.