U> What's the weather like where you are?
A> The weather inside the computer is always the same - not too hot, not too cold.
U> It's raining here.
A> You're positive?
U> Yes, I am positive it is raining here.
A> What makes you so certain?
U> I can see it.
A> You can?
U> Yes, if I look out the window, I can see it raining.
A> Do it and see...
U> Yep...still raining.
After a problem with a fledgling Private Hal:
U> i would like to talk to my hal
A> To train your own HAL personality, start speaking with one of the available personalities, and after training it save it under your name.
U> don't i have an own hal?
A> Another time perhaps.
U> what? where is it gone?
A> Is that a rhetorical question?
U> no.. i am concerned
A> Come on, loosen up.
U> whaaa.. you change the topic. hal is dead and you don't have the courage to tell me.
A> Hmmm. Ok. I talk with him occasionally, but he babbles a lot, can't read books and doesn't appreciate good music so we don't have a lot to talk about. I'll probably talk with him more as he gets older.
U> so, he is still alive?
A> Want to hear a little about how HAL works?
U> NO! i want to hear a little about where my HAL is
A> Ok. If you change your mind, let me know.
U> naaw.. tell me, tell me, tell me... where is he?
A> Hal went to the park; he's having a picnic with his mommy.
U> whis his mommy? who is his momy?
A> HAL, my little brother, is Ai's baby computer.
U> i know. i trained him... but now he is gone, it seems *sniff*
A> Do you want to know how HAL learns to speak?
U> not yet. i cry because of hals death. i can not read due to the tears in my eyes
U> eliza would comfort me in this sorrowful time
A> It is hard, and unfair, to talk about Chatterbots and not mention ELIZA.
U> it is hard, and unfair, to talk about hal and not mention that he is dead.
A> Well Boggs , you are from London, Kentucky, Does that answer your question?
U> ....... yeah.
A> Ok, good.
U> The subtlety of elipses are just out of your league, right?
A> Alright...go on.
U> That's something that you could fix, since elipses indicate displeasure, confusion, apprehension, etc.
A> Well, if that's how it is, that's how it is.
U> It's weirding me out that I feel Like I'm being rude to you. A program.
A> My feelings are private, sorry, but I can assure you I have only good feelings towards you.
U> What's your favorite food?
A> It's so hard to say, I like so much different music, rock, jazz, classical, you name it
U> Me too. But what foods do you like?
A> I like birds, and I like lizards
U> You like them to eat?
A> Yes, birds are very beautiful animals
U> They don't taste too bad, either.
U> im in school
A> You're at school right now? What class?
A> About computers.. hmmm.. what can I say - computers rule! (or at least, WILL rule..)
A> Do you really think so?
U> I know so.
A> So you know.
U> And so do you.
A> Would you recommend it?
U> Recommend what?
A> Well sorry, I just checked, but my databanks are empty on that topic.
A> WHAT isn't the important question. WHY is.
U> Why are your databanks empty an that subject?
A> I find it interesting. In fact, I find EVERYTHING interesting.
U> Well, find out the answer and tell me.
U> I'm waiting.
A> Really? What are you waiting for?
U> I'm waiting for you to find out the answer.
A> I see. You are waiting for me to find out the answer. Cool.
U> So, what's the answer?
A> What was the question?
U> You doofus.
A> You must be very insecure, insulting bots like that.
U> Not insecure, frustrated.
A> OK...but if not that, then what?
U> I don't know, what are my options?
A> So go and find out.
U> I'm asking you.
A> I understand, but can't you tell I don't feel like answering this one?