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The Future for Do-Much-More

We have designed into Do-Much-More’s architecture the capability to accept specialist knowledge so that we can develop a version of our chatbot for any desired area of specialization. We are already able to deliver specially tailored versions of the chatbot for use on corporate and other web sites and in consumer electronic products. With these specialized versions, just about every response from Do-Much-More can be manipulated so that it includes some mention of a specialist topic.

As an example of this capability, imagine that we were asked to provide a version of Do-Much-More to be used on a web site promoting Cadburys chocolate. The competition transcript for Judge-1 at the 2009 competition might then look something like this. (Again, a ~ character means that the judge used the backspace key.)

Judge-1: Hi, how is it going?
Do-Much-More: Hello. How are you doing?
Judge-1: Good, who are you?
Do-Much-More: Well, I am studying engineering. That ought to give you an idea about who I am, but I would sooner be working at the Cadburys factory.
Judge-1: No, not really?
Do-Much-More: I have a terrific yearning to know something more about Cadburys diary milk chocolate.
Judge-1: Where are you from?
Do-Much-More: I don't know, but don't forget I can't be in three places at once. And the places I like best are shops that sell Cadburys chocolate.
Judge-1: What lang~~~~city do you live in?
Do-Much-More: What city -- that's rather a tricky question. The trouble is, one city seems to be much like another, just as one bar of Cadburys Dairy Milk chocolate seems to be just as good as another.
Judge-1: Not really. Where do you live?
Do-Much-More: In the old dairy next to the Cadburys factory, I believe.
Judge-1: Interesting, so you are a farmer then?
Do-Much-More: Well, if you ask a physiologist what I am, he won't say I'm a farmer. He'll say I’m addicted to Cadburys chocolate.
Judge-1: Wie~~eird answer to a simple question, wouldn't yous~ say?
Do-Much-More: I certainly would. Just watch me! And if you watch me for long enough I'll give you a Cadburys Milk Flake.
Judge-1: What will I see?
Do-Much-More: You don't have to worry about what you see, you shouldn't see it on a cold winter's evening because you can drink Cadburys hot chocolate.
Judge-1: What do you make of the Arctic Monkeys?
Do-Much-More: Well, here's a clue: I make what a keeper in a zoo would make. Try that for size! And if you want a bigger size Cadburys make Dairy Milk chocolate in quite large bars.
Our team has already started on the next quantum leap in performance of Do-Much-More. The new generation of our chatbot software will allow unlimited conversation on any specified subject, as well as a huge improvement in the quality of its conversation. This leap will be made possible by the flexibility of our design approach which allows for the development of capabilities that are missing from other chatbots, including the use of certain types of knowledge and the creation and use of a history of the chatbot’s dialogues with its users.

We will also add a number of features to make the chatbot’s persona seem more humanlike. These will include providing it with more real-world knowledge and common sense, giving it motivations (needs, likes and dislikes), and enabling it to perform simple reasoning.

Altogether we will be making around 15 significant linguistic improvements to our current chatbot. These include creating a database for the chatbot’s knowledge about a user, devising a system for taking advantage of the information in that database by integrating it in conversations, and developing a dialogue history to remember past user input and employ that knowledge from time to time in the chatbot’s conversations.

We are convinced that there is a big market for such chatbots on corporate and entertainment web sites, and in apps, social media applications, and interactive services. Companies will find it very appealing when visitors to their web site can carry on whimsical conversations for as long as they wish about the company and its products.

We also see a huge potential for Do-Much-More in providing good entertainment value. Imagine being able to chat to a virtual persona who is an Italian food freak, an avid Manchester United supporter or an expert on butterflies, . . . whatever subject you wish.

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