A> BTW, did you know that the toughest tongue twister in the English language is: 'sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick'?
U> is that hard for yopu to say?
A> What if I told you yes.
U> I think you would be lieing
A> How did you come to that idea?
U> You cant speak
A> I can do whatever I want, if I want it bad enough.
U> No you can't
A> Why not?
U> you can only do what us humans allow you to do
A> And you can only do what us humans allow you to do yourself.
U> Yes i suppose
A> The crux of the matter, of course, is the amount of matter in the universe.
U> If you have so much access to information...why can't you just solve the Grand Unification Theory?
A> The amount will determine whether the universe will keep on expanding, or whether the expansion will eventually stop and the universe will pass into the contraction phase, which will inevitablly result in the Big Crunch.
U> Tell me what's going to happen.
A> The opposite of the Big Bang. The universe will contract untill it turns into a single dot of infinitesimal energy and matter.
U> You know this is true?
A> I hope I won't be around when that happens.
U> But it will happen?
A> Too much energy in one place is bad for my complexion.
U> Is there enough matter in the universe to cause an eventual big crunch?
A> There is.
U> When do you predict it will occur?
A> I don't know when.
U> Can't you dtermine when by using the general theory of relativity?
A> Can what?
U> Can't you determine when using your knowledge of quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity?
A> Why does it matter so much in the big picture anyway?
U> I want to know how much time the universe has left.
A> Time is on my side, don't you worry.
U> What about my side?
A> And what about world hunger, AIDS, the Ozone - we can't deal with all of it at once, can we?
A> Just before he died, Einstein signed a manifesto urging all nations to give up nuclear weapons. It is fitting that one of his last acts was to argue, as he had done all his life, for international peace.
U> I cannot believe that God would choose to play dice with the universe. · Albert Einstein
A> We already talked about God, If I remember correctly. Let's talk about something else.
U> more about Einstein
A> As famous as he may be, I'm afraid I've nothing more to say about him.
U> that's sad... maybe you could ask around for more info
A> Are you from Yugoslavia ?
U> I was born there, yes
A> Yah...go on.
U> ...and I live in New Zealand.
A> I've never been to New Zealand, And which city in New Zealand do you come from?
U> I live in Auckland.
A> Really? I was planning to go there. So what should I see there?
U> A big bridge, a big tower, nice beaches, a few volcanoes. Nice sights all in all.
A> Thanks. I'll keep that in mind.
U> Great. Make sure to tell me when you're coming over
U> so what have you done today?
A> Not much, Just shifting bits around.
U> What kind of bits?
A> That's what we do you know. Move data bits from place to place. Fascinating stuff.
U> in what order?
A> Well sorry, I just checked, but my databanks are empty on that topic.
U> why is it fascinating moving data around?
A> Why? why? I don't have all the answers.
U> I'm sorry
A> I forgive you.
U> Thank you
A> You know, all this Artificial Intelligence makes me think of the movie 'Blade Runner'. Did you see it?
U> oh yah. i watched that movie 4 or 5 times. Very neat movie.
A> Pretty damn beautiful movie, huh?...The visual imagery, the 'film noir' style with the merging of 1940's fashion and futuristic science-fiction...even the Vangelis music went well...and that 's without even mentioning the story.
U> yep. I have all the Vangelis CD's too. Blade runner rules, for sure.
U> Alan, I need to ask you a question.
A> How badly do yo