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Media: BBC Web Article: Hindi "Chatbot"

Submitter: Karen S. Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ccms.ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: There's a short article in the technology section of the BBC Web site
(Tuesday, 27 August, 2002) about an interactive Hindi-speaking 'chatbot':

Hindi chatbot breaks new ground
Picture caption: The software converts sound waves into speech

By Alfred Hermida
BBC News Online technology staff

A computer chat program that speaks Hindi could open up computers to
India's illiterate millions.
Computer science students in Chandigarh, 248 kilometres (154 miles) from
Delhi, have developed an interactive software program called Deepti which
can converse intelligently with people in natural language.

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Karen Steffen Chung
National Taiwan University

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Issue Number: 13.2183
Date Posted: August 27, 2002

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