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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Ai Announces MyBot: A Conversational Virtual Companion
Savyon, Israel -- July 19, 2007 - Artificial Intelligence Research (Ai)
(http://www.a-i.com) announced today an experimental beta release of 'MyBot': A personal messenger companion, based on Ai's pattern matching conversational technology.

MyBot is a conversational virtual companion for Windows Live Messenger. It appears as a contact in the contact list, and can converse both with its owner and with visitors who initiate a conversation when the owner is away.

MyBot's owner can teach it facts about himself, about the world, and even about MyBot's name, gender and behavior, all through a normal English conversation. Mybot can learn definitions of words, descriptions of people and places, and can be trained by its owner to answer questions in specific ways.

The initial release of MyBot supports only Windows Live Messenger. Future releases will include support for other Instant Messaging services, as well as web-based front-ends, to be deployed in personal home pages and blogs.

To learn more, go to the MyBot section on the Ai website and see the FAQ section, as well as sample conversations between MyBot and its owner and between MyBot and occasional visitors.

The Beta version of MyBot can be downloaded from the MyBot download page.

About Ai

Artificial Intelligence Research (Ai) is a privately funded research project, focusing on implementing Artificial Intelligence in conversational systems: technology that enables machines to converse with humans in natural language. Ai's research facility is located in Savyon, Israel.