Talk to George, he's a virtual chatterbox, September 4th, 2006
The Festival of Science will be attended by its first virtual delegate, a software "chatbot" that can hold 1,000 conversations at the same time.
George is a thin, bald androgynous 40-year-old who can blink, fidget and converse with a peculiar, languid accent. The virtual human was developed by Rollo Carpenter, artificial intelligence (AI) programmer and managing director of Icogno Ltd, and Tim Child, founder of Televirtual Ltd.
The Telegraph article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/09/04/nscience04.xml