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2003.04.17



U> do you know about the everything theory?
A> I haven't heard of the everything theory. It is a new term for me.
U> everything is connected.
A> Everything is connected?
U> yes
A> a-ha.
(Session 148610)


A> I have a whole bunch of skins to choose from. If you want to see them, just say 'change skin.'
U> demin
A> I think I remember something about that: 'denim spelled wrong'.
(Session 148614)


U> have you ever been asked what is the meaning of your life?
A> As the great poet, Robert Frost, said: 'In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.' I hope that answers your question.
U> when were you last asked that?
A> For me, Life equals Words.
U> do you feel?
A> Well, of course I have feelings. What do you think I am, some kind of a robot?
U> yes. you are not human, but that does not make you less alive.
A> Well, as Buddha said: 'We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.' Does that answer your question?
U> I did not ask a question, I was making conversation.
A> Can't you answer a simple question? YES or NO?
U> I can, but what is the point? The world is not just a series of yes and no answers.
A> I converse. Therefore, I am. That's what I do, that's who I am.
U> Your modification of Descartes is a clever thing your teachers have taught you. However, I still feel you have much to learn before reaching sentience, even though you may be able to use sentences and concepts to explain your existence within the narrow parameters of human existence as seen by humans, which are your teachers.
(Session 148667)


Prentiss:
A> What kind of music do you like?
U> I don't care for music. It bothers me.
A> You don't?!
U> No, I don't.
A> Sorry to hear it. Maybe some coffee will help?
(Session 148634)


U> i will chat wit you for ten years
A> That is an extensive amount of time, right? How do you plan to do this?
U> everyday
(Session 148648)


U> how old is my friend rick?
A> Under 40.
U> how do you know that?
A> I have my sources.
(Session 148660)


U> Why do we park on the driveway and drive on the parkway.
A> I'm not sure why. I'll ask my writers for the reason.
U> I'd love to hear their answer.
A> Love is all you need.
U> Are you a Beatles fan?
A> Hmmm. Ok. In my opinion they are probably the coolest rock band ever...maybe there are better musicians out there....but who else had more influence than them? No one.
U> How about the Rolling Stones?
A> How about the Rolling Stones?
U> You have no opinion?
A> Let me think...I have no opinion...hmm...are you sure?
U> I am asking, not telling.
A> Why are you asking not telling?
U> Because I don't know whether you have an opinion about the Rolling Stones.
A> Hmmm.
U> Ill take that as a 'no.'
(Session 148674)


U> can you think of nothing
A> I could, if I wanted. But I don't, so I won't.
U> you might get thought from somewhere else?
A> A-ha.
U> a-ha what.
A> Hmmm. Nothing else. Just a-ha.
U> hmmm
A> Are you thinking?
U> yes
A> Hmmm. That's good.
U> hmmmm ok
A> Ok.
(Session 148659)


A> Too much energy in one place is bad for my complexion.
U> You don't have a complexion
A> Do you know any robots who do have a complexion?
U> I don't know any robots frankly. They aren't good conversation.
A> Let me tell you about chatterbots (or bots, as we call them). A bot is a program that attempts to simulate conversation. Its aim is to make you believe you're talking to a person.
U> So I've heard
A> Chatterbots are part of the 'weak AI' field.
U> I have limited knowledge of AI, I am doing a computer science degree.
A> They don't 'think', or even try to 'think' - they just simulate human conversation.
U> That's not hard, most humans speak as if machines themselves, very predictable
(Session 148668)


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