Will be at XCom2002 today. Looking forward to seeing the man who wrote Chuckie Egg. Am also taking part in a roundtable at the Take It Outside fringe, on the subject of Instant Messaging bots. Basically, a series of smart pre-programmed replies if the moderator asks his questions with the correct syntax, extensively padded with Eliza-templated responses and randomly selected faux teen neologisms.