On their site they’ve got Halo – who is “sample chatbot (created with Vhost’s SitePal service)” (follow the links on the origninal post if you’d like that explained a bit). She sits with a back drop of The Rotunda and Selfridges (that places her around The custard Factory) and you can talk to her – typing – and she answers back
I asked Halo about Brum and she told me: “Birmingham is in the British Midlands. It is about 100 miles north west of London. It is England’s second city”. Yah Boo Manchester, a virtual girl said it so it must be true.
Since she seems to live around by the Spotted Dog I asked if she’d complained “Dogs need to be in the countryside. I love working sheep dogs.”. Not quite ready for the Turing Test, then, but fun all the same.