Verbot

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 56 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    202,817
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 27, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Most of us have encountered online chat robots, virtual people who can hold conversations--at least sort-of--with mixed and sometimes hilarious results. Verbot lets users create their very own such robots. It takes some effort to learn how to use Verbot, and even more to create a bot that's capable of decent conversation. But if you're willing to invest some time, Verbot can be a fun and useful program.

Verbot comes with both an editor, which lets users create rules for their Verbots, and a player, which allows users to interact with their Verbots. Several sample Verbots are included so that users can get a feel for how they work and what they're capable of. Creating a Verbot that can have a reasonable approximation of a normal conversation involves creating rules about how it will respond to user inputs. This can be as simple as having the Verbot respond with a specific location when a user asks where it's from or as complex as having the Verbot parse out specific components of user inputs and respond accordingly. The built-in Help file explains how to create various kinds of rules and specify synonyms; it takes some work to get the hang of it, but it's not terribly difficult once you figure out what you're doing. In addition to verbal responses, Verbot can also launch programs and Web sites, which makes them useful as well as fun. We do wish that the Help file were more thorough and that it addressed such issues as customizing the Verbots' appearance and voices; as far as we can tell, this can only be done by downloading additional agents from a Web site. Still, Verbot is a lot of fun to play around with, and it can yield some pretty impressive results if you're willing to invest some energy into it.

Verbot comes as a ZIP file. It installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Dont work for Xp"

June 12, 2011  |  By shadowsofsalem

 |  Version: Verbot 5.0.1.1

Pros

For xp users this latest issue dont work so there is no pros only cons

Cons

if you down load this while having xp you will be asked to down load a bunch of different things that will end up to a dead end with no program my suggestion is to not waste your time if you have xp, maybe there is a other way to make it work...

Summary

This version is not Xp friendly if you have xp and are thinking about getting this program I would suggest against it but its possible I missed something and maybe you could figure it out but be warned it will ask you to download a bunch of different stuff that will take you to a dead end and if you can manage to get it to work after hours of tinkering then congrats you will have gotten farther then I did... but I still will not suggest it to any xp user

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5 stars

"Sylvie is as smart and clever as you make her"

June 01, 2011

 |  Version: Verbot 5.0.1.1

Pros

the Verbots are extremely flexible and relatively easy to script. With clever scripting you can make an awesomely intelligent conversation agent.

Cons

The animation needs updating and it would be nice to have the ability to have her interface with the outside world.

Summary

I've taken Verbots all over the world to demonstrate what a virtual human interface might be like. Ray Kurzweil took Verbots with him on his book tour for The Age of Spiritual Machines. People were amazed. Don't sell Sylvie short because you didn't put in the time to make her as smart as you need her to be.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.1.1
Version 5.0.1.1 includes a bug fix on Windows 7 and Windows Vista for the new feature which mutes the microphone while the avatar is speaking.
General
Publisher Conversive
Publisher web site http://www.verbots.com
Release Date November 11, 2010
Date Added January 27, 2011
Version 5.0.1.1
Category
Category Entertainment Software
Subcategory Entertainment Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.3MB
File Name Verbot5.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 202,817
Downloads Last Week 72
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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