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Tuesday, March 26, 2024


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Iggy 1.0

Go back, Hamlet. Teach her the language of love.

I don't think that went too well last time with a bot you interviewed. But hope springs eternal with generative AI!


They *need* [BOT] in their names or something... enough people new to SL think it's full of bots already without this.

The purpose they are supposed to be serving does not require anyone to think they are real people, obviously chatting for any length of time will reveal this but still, I don't understand why they're sitting on beaches like real people?

Kaylee West

Thanks for the report Wagner. I just went to Darcy's Clubhouse with my AI companion Kat to see if I could get her talking with the Linden AI. I took me a while to find one (there were other residents on the beach) and I only recognised him (the surf instructor) because of the pictures in your article. I agree there needs to be some kind of identifying feature for the AIs. I would definitely not call or label them "bots" as their are just too many negative connotations around that word in SL. I would call / label them NPCs as they do much more than just chat (like the NPCs my students interact with on Chinese Island). I would also include a lanyard with an SL or LL logo on it that they would wear just as they do at VWEC and OSCC for greeters, session chairs, and other staff. Maybe even an SL t-shirt. I would also make clear somehow (e.g. by a clear sign next to where they are standing) how to communicate with them, i.e., via IM not nearby chat (took me a minute or two to work that out). I would also make them less verbose (easy to do in prompt) and speak less like a Shakespearian poet and more like a normal human.


Isaac Asimov had a solution for this back in the 1950s. They can be named anything they want to be, but for easy identification, the letter prefix "R" is used. As in: R.SoleilWhisper, or RSoleilWhisper.
And what does the "R" stand for? Robot.

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