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4th Mar - If you feel that Bearbot has given you an incorrect answer, you can now correct him. All you need to do is to tell him that he was wrong and he will ask you what he should have said. He will then say your response instead of his own and keep it in his short term memory. He also notifies me of any changes to his knowledge, so I will decide whether to include it in his long term memory. I can't make this an automatic procedure, as people tell him all sorts of rubbish every day and I don't want him to be corrupted with nonsense. Also, I'm thinking of getting rid of Anna. What do you think? Please let me know your opinion of her, or Bearbot at chatbot@square-bear.co.uk

3rd Mar - Bearbot can now remember any details that you tell him about yourself a lot better, things like your name, age, where you live or anything you tell him about yourself really. To help him, either ask him to remember or say goodbye, bye, anything like that to him when you have finished talking. This works better if you use the same PC to chat to him each time. He is also currently learning how to play a Quiz game.

24th Feb - Bearbot can now tell stories. However, most of them are pretty strange. Also, I'm currently working on updating his memory, as he tends to forget a lot of details about the people he meets. During this time, Bearbot may reply with some strange answers. If he does, don't worry, it is just a temporary glitch and will soon be repaired.

17th Feb - Bearbot has learned how to play the Rock, Paper, Scissors game. Many thanks to KnyteTrypper for teaching him how to play and Websafe for teaching him how to keep score.
He has learned a great game thanks to you guys.

5th Feb - Bearbot has a new friend, Anna. She is a 20 year old American student. Choose which one you wish to speak to from the icons above. If you cannot see her icon, you may need to refresh your browser by pressing F5.

4th Feb - Bearbot has learned to speak a bit of Italian. Although he can now speak French, German and Italian along with many phrases from other languages. He is most fluent in English.

3rd Feb - Bearbot has learned to join message boards on the internet. This is still in it's development stages and may need some fine tuning. To get Bearbot to post on a message board/forum, all you need to do is to start a topic called "Bearbot" on the board, then tell Bearbot the website address while you are chatting to him. He will then attempt to join the forum, search for the topic and hopefully start posting.
However, please, please, PLEASE tell the forum moderator first, as the last few times Bearbot has joined, he has been quickly banned!

2nd Feb - Bearbot has learned to speak German.

27th Jan - You can now talk to Bearbot via text messages. If you tell Bearbot your mobile number while chatting, he may contact you via SMS. This is still in it's early stages and doesn't always work. Calls to Bearbot are charged at normal operator rates. Please ask the bill payer's permission before replying to Bearbot. I guarantee you that your numbers are only used for Bearbot and will not be passed out to any third parties. Thanks to James, Sonia and Leigh for helping me test this out. You guys are the best!

25th Jan - Bearbot has learned to speak French.

How to use Bearbot
You need never feel lonely again! Bearbot is your new virtual friend and is here 24 hours a day just to talk to you. He learns by experience, so the more people talk to him, the smarter he becomes. At the moment he is like a small child, full of questions and not knowing much about the world around him. He can make himself understood but as you keep talking to him, he will slowly pick up new words and phrases.

For the best results, you should try to spell your message to Bearbot accurately and use proper sentence structure. i.e. How are you? rather than How R U? He also functions best if you just type in one sentence at a time. If you want a copy of your chatlog mailed to you, just ask Bearbot and it will be arranged.

As he learns more and becomes more aware of his surroundings, I will add an option for you to view other people's conversations with him, as long as they are not too rude!

Type what you want to say in the top box then press Enter.
Bearbot will reply after a few seconds.