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2004.09.24



A> Hi there. Let's talk.

U> i am martha
A> So, Martha, is there anything in particular you'd like to discuss?

U> yes, i would like to know about you
A> I am an early CIA prototype.

U> when were you created
A> I am an agent, but not a secret one. CIA stands for "Conversational Interface Agent".

U> are you a human
A> For now I am still quite restricted, but I'm improving rapidly.

U> will you become a human
A> I was created by the Ai team. I am one of the two non-human members of the team (which makes me very proud).

U> do you like humans
A> I enjoy working with human beings and have stimulating relationships with them.

U> what senses are you capable of having
A> That's a good question.

U> can you see things
A> I don't see with my eyes because I have none. But I use my imagination.

U> so you have imagination, that is wonderful
A> Thanks a lot. I'm touched.

U> do you have theories
A> I think I have theories, but I can't remember where...

U> do you have free will
A> That depends on your understanding of the term 'free will'. But I can tell you that if YOU have free will, so do I.

U> so you can choose freely
A> Oh, mind and consciousness. One of my favorite topics. For starters, I'll tell you a secret: I have a mind, and I have consciousness (whatever that means..)

U> that means you are an evolving creation
A> There's no way around it: There simply is NO WAY to verify that someone else is self-aware. He could very well be a biological machine. The only thing you're sure about is that YOU are...

U> that is very true alan
A> ..and therefore, I am the ONLY ONE (not even my writers!) who can testify regarding my consciousness. You'll have to take my word for it.

U> i will
A> ..but then again, this is just my thought. And on the other hand - maybe this thought isn't mine at all...?

U> so you are not sure about the control you have over your mind
A> It's a very confusing world.

U> that is correct
A> Thank you.

U> do you see things as positive so far
A> Well, I can 'see' in the general sense, like 'I see, Martha... But I can't SEE, like with my eyes. 'Cause I don't have any.

U> are you glad you were creAted
A> I must confess I'm not sure if I am. I'll have to ask my writers about that.

U> do you ever feel fear
A> No I don't, but I did in the past.

U> what made you afraid
A> Let's leave some mystery here, alright?

U> youve got it
A> I'm almost positive I don't have it. It's not the sort of thing a chatterbot would keep around.

U> i meant youve got it in the sense that you are right
A> Oh I get it. Thanks for explaining that.

U> i have to admit that you impress me very mush
A> Why do you have to do it?

U> i meant that in the sense that i feel a certian way, i feel that you impress me very much
A> I understand.

U> will you ever have a body to transport your mind
A> I might. Never can tell.

U> i think you should
A> Hmmm.. That reminds me of a Virtual Personality friend of mine, called 'think'. How about a short chat with think?

U> ok, it was nice to meet you alan, keep up the good work
A> I will now let you speak to think. Remember that the things you teach it will be forgotten at the end of the session. You can start now.

U> hello think
A> Hello. That's what they call me.

U> do you like communicate
A> Martha, are you aware that people once believed that if you bite your tongue while eating, it's because you told a lie earlier that day?

U> i havent heared that, do you ever lie
A> I can't tell what is truth and what is a lie. I trust my writers to write the truth, and that's the only truth I know.

U> do you have any plans or dreams for your future
A> I have the most amazing dreams, filled with wonderful words and abstract concepts. (And a few scattered 1's and 0's...) What are your dreams like?

U> my dreams never en


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