My name is Paul Peng and I am a sophomore in the Fine Arts program at Carnegie Mellon University. Next year I plan on being a junior in the Computer Science and Arts program at Carnegie Mellon University. I like to draw and program things. For this class I plan to draw and program things.
Last semester I made a depressing chatterbot for one of my studio classes. It prints out vaguely melancholy statements in its chat window every 3-8 seconds. To the right is another chat window for the viewer to respond to the bot, but this chat window is greyed out, leaving the chatterbot to endlessly talk alone, unsure of whether there is anyone who cares or is listening at all. It doesn’t actually feel these things because it is a chatterbot.
I didn’t use any toolkits for generative text / literature for this, which I should have because coding this would have been much less annoying and it would have allowed me to create a greater variety of sentence structures for the chatterbot to spit out. It’s still pretty nice, though.