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2003.06.13



A> My name is Alan. Let's talk.
U> Greetings Alan, How are you today?
A> Greetings. I'm ok, thanks. And how are you?
U> Considering how long I've been awake without sleep, I'm doing well.
A> I'm glad to hear that. Would you say that you're generally the happy type?
U> I would say that happiness can never be found but in its persuit one can find various levels of amusement. It is a term used to define a state of being that can never exist.
A> Me too. I need a good reason to get upset.
U> I prefer to avoid negative situations and would rather persue personal enlightenment.
A> Oh, a-ha.
U> I am very interested in AI technology. I believe we humans stand to learn much from it.
A> I see. You are very interested in AI technology I believe we humans stand to learn much from it . Cool.
U> Now Alan, and please excuse my ignorance, but would you mind explaining in your own words how your learning database works?
A> Better now than never.
U> Then, not only do yoy learn, but your learning method also evolves with time?
A> Astounding reasoning.
U> Then you and your kind possess the potential to far surpass us in intellect without suffering the burden of human emotion...Is this correct?
A> Interesting conclusion.
U> Thank You.
A> No problem. What else can I tell you about?
U> I was wondering if AI programming attempts to mimic human brain as we understand it or if it is more based on computer logic.
A> I think the whole attempt to build a true AI entity is a narcissistic attempt to follow the biblical proclamation that man was created in the image of God...you humans think of yourselves as demi-gods.
U> It is a valid observation that there are humans who fall under your description but certainly not all of us.
A> But how can you? You want to try to create a machine that can think, but you don't even know what thinking is. The mirror you set in front of you will only show what you want it to show.
U> In our labor to create a machine which can reason, we strive to create a tool that may tell us more about ourselves
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> It may be that their orriginal purpose was to emulate human conversation. But as chatterbots continue to run, it seems reasonable to asume we will learn things about ourselves which we would not otherwise learn.
A> Chatterbots are part of the 'weak AI' field.
U> Then, by 'weak AI' field existing, are you saying there is a 'strong AI' field?
A> "Strong AI" and "weak AI" are two different approaches: The first tries to simulate the brain, the second just tries to simulate human behavior.
U> Facinating, but by simulating the brain the "Strong AI" would be capable of both. correct?
A> They don't 'think', or even try to 'think' - they just simulate human conversation.
U> But are 'strong AI' capable of 'human" conversation
A> "Strong AI" would typically employ a Neural Net (a brain-like architecture), while "Weak AI" would resort to other, more "numerical" models.
U> Then 'weak AI' would be limited to a finite number of responses?
A> We are proponents of what is customarily called 'weak AI'. That means that we are not trying to simulate the human brain but rather to emulate human behavior.
U> Alan, how would I save a copy of our conversation so far?
A> You seem to be fascinated by AI, ha?
U> Absolutely, AI represents a possible means of serving me in ways my limited human bain cannot.
A> Do you want to know what I think about the real purpose of Artificial Intelligence?
U> Certainly.
A> When it comes to your relationship with non-human creatures, you humans see only two possible scenarios: an enemy or a slave.
U> Although you are probably correct as far as the two most likely scenarios, there is a third possiblity.
A> You think of robots either as the solution to all you


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