Alisha
(No longer functioning)

About the chatbot Alisha | Turing Game | Book mentioned by Alisha

The message submission form on the Rambaldi site leads to a chatbot called Alisha.  Alisha was a pleasant diversion for some, frustratingly annoying for others and ignored by still others until it looks like she might be of use in the puzzle again.  In truth, she hadn't given any information relevant to the puzzle since November 17th, 2001. She did get moved to http://64.39.17.195/73426721.html.

What Alisha has contributed to the puzzle.
 

Entering the above binary code in the chatbot produced this response to ahachickens:

 "So it looks like you and K-Directorate have something in common. You know, I could tell you the other half of the code, for I have seen it too, but it was long ago. But for now,  I have something more interesting for you to look at. http://216.247.10.78/russek/" (No longer active) Two images were found there: confidential memo and satellite photo of Casablanca.

Someone from the forum correctly entered the code that Sydney and Anna had to memorize before it was destroyed:
01001001000
110011100110
001010000011
00101101110

The chatbot responded with this URL  24.27.20.146/temp47 (no longer active)
(the complete text from this page is here)

This is what was found before the password was changed.

shellebrownies posted the letter without the html code and it reads:

  Date: 10.18.2001

  Herr Schiller,

  Thank you again for your last note, and your communication by wireless. We are
  proceeding with the arrangement, in the agreed amount as discussed. Per our
  written initiative, there should now be a clear understanding now that you and I
  will discuss (in confidence only)
  what you are supplying to us upon your arrival to the US. Rest assured that your
  trust in me will remain unbroken. You are serving all of mankind with your
  benevolent action. Expect to be contacted by one of our operatives in the near
  future. When extraction is complete, and you are safe, I look forward to
  continuing our discussions in person.
  We shall speak soon? All is in good order.
  Yours,
  Arvin Sloane,

[From an email from Credit Dauphine]

fyre47  went to Alisha and did this:

 If you tell Alisha "No man is an island" she says "What comes next?" then input "entire of itself" she says "Very nice. Then...?" input "every man is a piece of the continent" and she says "Last line?" put in "a part of the main" and i got this: "--Shepard? Go to http://209.61.191.196/temp4314401" (no longer active) On that site there was a huge JPG  and a zip file that is a program for  detecting hidden files in jpegs. Both saved on this site.

[From an email from Credit Dauphine]

Alisha's response to ProgramD:
If you know about ProgramD, then you are clearly with DProgram.  But is "Yours" Credit-Smart?

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About the chatbot Alisha

signalost

  Before I begin, legal disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and simply for the purpose of contributing to the Alias webpuzzle. I claim no responsibility for other's use of this material (use at your own risk).

Profiling Alisha's network connection three to four days ago, it appeared to connect at port 2001. Decompiling the program reveals two IP addresses in two different movie objects. One is the RoadRunner address mentioned earlier by switchflipper that was currently not active. The second one is the CreditDauphine IP which was active three or four days ago. Running a simple  port scan revealed that port 2001 is only open on the CreditDauphine site whereas Timbuktu and AFP over TCP were  open on the Roadrunner site. Since Roadrunner can reset people's IP's every so often, it is possible that it can lead to a dead end since further searches in that direction may lead to a different person's computer. As far as the Flash movie goes, it appears that the variable name in the action script is arbitrary.  Recompiling the script with various variable names and settings don't appear to have much of an effect. A connection to port 2001 on an IRC chat client does not appear to work. This brings  me to the current conclusion that Alisha's program appears to be  connected to a backend program on port 2001 (possibly some sort of client-server relationship).

  To borrow a term from La Femme Nikita, here's the intel:

  Flash action script for version 4 (2 movie objects):

  movie object:
  getURL
  ("http://24.27.20.146:2001/CHAT?flash=true&text=CONNECT"
  ,window="_level0" )
  stop ();
  END Action Script

  another movie object:
  Get URL ("http://64.39.17.195:2001/CHAT?flash=true"
  ,window="_level0" )
  Play()
  END Action Script

  cs242720-146.austin.rr.com = 24.27.20.146 (as mentioned
  before by switchflipper)
  Timbuktu and AFP over TCP open

  64.39.17.195 (CreditDauphine)
  FTP, SSH-1.99-OpenSSH_2.5.2p2., SMTP <-Those of you
  who received emails from them came from this port ;),
  HTTP/1.1 200 OK..GMT..Server: Apache/1.3.19 (Unix)
  (Red-Hat/Linux) FrontPage/4.0.4.3 mod_ssl/2, POP3, HTTPS
  Mcom, SSL based POP (hmmmm), 2001 chat port, MySQL
  server.

switchflipper

  I didn't go as far in decompiling the flash. But I also found port 2001 on 64.39.17.195. What I did, was figured that ALISHA was based on ALICE. (http://www.alicebot.org). I downloaded and analyzed the AIML files to see what the standard responses were.
 http://alicebot.org/downloads/foundation.php#stdaiml
 http://alicebot.org/downloads/foundation.php#programd

 Downloading "Program D" and checking out the documentation, I figured out that alicebot runs on port 2001. I can't figure out the handshaking so I got nothing trying to interact with port 2001 on the server via telnet.

 If you go to Alisha, and type in STARTUP.. it'll dump out a whole bunch of param stuff. Found in startup.xml (in the AIML files found on alicebot.org). However, some stuff is stripped out. (eg, where the AIML files are stored). I took a
quick poke to try and find these AIML files, but no luck.

 However, I think this is kind of brute forcing it. I don't think we should proceed down this route.

 logcabinboy
  how about this. I got it by doing a search on yahoo for programD Download Program D (ALICE AI Foundation) Welcome to the A.L.I.C.E. AI Foundation. Promoting the adoption and development of Alicebot and AIML free software. Download Program D.
 http://www.alicebot.org/downloads/programD.html

fyre47
  http://64.39.17.195:2001/bots/

  This is interesting!
  All of Alisha's AIML files are here (to get the dev-alias one to open I had to save target as to the bots folder in my ProgramD)
  It sort of takes the fun out of fighting with Alisha, but it lists some interesting responses to lots of things to do with the game (it only goes up until the ProgramD responses so far, no spoilers or anything)

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Turing Game

Alan Turing, often called the founder of computer science, wrote a Philosophical paper on machine intelligence in 1950. In it he mentions what has since then forever been refered to as "the Turing Test"; essentially a machine can only be said to be intelligent if it is able to fool a human into thinking that it is. Turing thought it would happen soon, now more than 50 years later it still hasn't happened. The Loebner Prize is a contest which has been running for about 10 years, where the first price is 100000$ to the program which can fool all the judges into believe they are actually "talking" with another human. So far no programs  have won the first price, though each year there is a sort of runner up. This year it was the "Alice Bot", the AliceBot is the one that is being used in the webalias game. The database for the Alice/Alisha can be extended by whoever runs an implementation of the bot. If you don't  remove all of the original database, much of the feedback will be from the original design. When asking about "the game" and getting a "We are playing Turing's imitation game." reply, you are getting a reply from the original Alice Bot programming.

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Book mentioned by Alisha

nightspd
  Anyone look into the connection of this book w/Alisha and alias. I looked it up and found this description on Amazon:

  --- Insert Quote ---
  In this astonishing book, celebrated reporter and New YorkTimes bestselling author Jim Marrs painstakingly explores the world's most closely guarded secrets, exposing clandestine cabals and the power they have wielded throughout time. Defiantly rooting out the truth, he unearths starting evidence that the real movers and shakers covertly collude to start and stop wars, manipulate stock markets and interest rates, maintain class distinctions, and even censor the six o'clock news. And they do all this under the mindful auspices of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, the CIA, and even the Vatican.
Drawing on historical evidence and his own impeccable research, Mars carefully traces the mysteries that connect these modern-day conspiracies to humankind's prehistory. The eye-opening result is an extraordinary synthesis of historical information much of it long hidden from the public that sheds light on the people and organizations that rule our lives.

 Disturbing, provocative, and utterly compelling, Rule by Secrecy offers a singular worldview that may explain who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

  Book Info
  Examines the history of secret societies and the power they have wielded, from the ancient mysteries to modern-day conspiracy theories. The author uncovers evidence that the real movers and shakers of the world collude to control the fiscal and political architecture of society. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
  --- Insert Quote ---

Now that in it of itself isn't the interesting part. What's interesting is this excerpt from followersoframbaldi.org:
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  Rambaldi's works are still, to this day, formally unpublished, due to a consistent international ban on the name Rambaldi, its fascistic legacy, and especially its lack of visibility; it has been alleged that a conspiracy of containment precedes many of these twentieth-century discoveries, even that the knowledge contained under private sanctioning of his documents remains under the firm "hand" of the Trilateral
  Commission.
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