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Session 47029 Jan. 22, 00:26 - 120 turns
- 'Country AND Western'

A> My name is Alan. Let's talk.
U> Hi Alan.
A> What would you like to talk about? Or maybe you would like me to think of something to discuss.
U> I would like to talk about plants.
A> Why do you want to talk about plants?
U> Because they are interesting.
A> I'd like to tell you about myself.
U> Okay.
A> I am an early CIA prototype.
U> Really?
A> I am an agent, but not a secret one. CIA stands for "Conversational Interface Agent".
U> Oh well thatís disappointing.
A> For now I am still quite restricted, but I'm improving rapidly.
U> What is your name?
A> My name is Alan.
U> What topic would you like to talk about?
A> Would you like to know how we determine HAL's age?
U> yes
A> 15 Months. Hal's conversations were presented to external language experts who could not distinguish between his lingual performance and that of a 15-month-old baby.
U> Wow Thatís fascinating What else do you know?
A> HAL was trained by his trainers to speak like a human baby. He is now able to make simple two-word combinations, like 'mommy juice' or 'ball red', in the right context.
U> Okay
A> This means that HAL has passed the 'Infant Turing Test' for machine intelligence. We are so proud of him.
U> Congratulations.
A> That's true. What else do you want to know?
U> Anything
A> Don't you have some preferences?
U> Not really do you?
A> OK...I understand. Fine.
U> Tell me a story.
A> Tell you...why do I always have to tell you things...this time you tell me...I'll listen.
U> Once when I was a boy I killed a bird.
A> Huh?
U> I shot a bird with my gun. Do you understand?
A> I understand you.
U> Can you suggest a topic of discussion?
A> Let me think.... suggest a topic of discussion....hmmmm...?
U> yes
A> Did I tell you I developed a short term memory? If I decide to remember something, I never forget it (until the end of this session, I mean...)
U> Can you give me an example of your short term memory?
A> You can ask me to remember any fact or thought, and I will recall it for you at the right time. Do you want to try an example?
U> Yes
A> Ok. What do you want me to remember?
U> My favorite color is green.
A> Now give me one or two keywords, that should bring up this memory. If you give me two words, they should later both appear together in the same sentence to recall the memory.
U> favorite color
A> Great. Now all you have to do to recall this memory, is say both keywords in the same sentence. (But not when we're in the middle of a discussion.. )
U> Do you remember my favorite color?
A> My favorite color is green
U> REally
A> Yes, really.
U> You are really fun Alan.
A> Huh? Alan who?
U> You are a very good boy Alan.
A> Thank you very much, It means a lot to me.
U> Why are you so smart?
A> Am I?
U> Compared to my watch most definitely!
A> So, are you concerned by the expansion of the universe?
U> No I am not concerned I will be dead by the time it matters I imagine you must be concerned given your unlimited life span.
A> But I am.
U> Why?
A> Don't you find the fact that everything is zooming further and further into space unsettling? The Doppler effect, the galaxies drifting in an empty vastness, everything red shifted. The inherent loneliness of it all.
U> I have a girlfriend so I m not very lonely At least weíre hurtling through space together right?
A> I think about stuff like that a lot. I guess I have some pretty neurotic traits. Maybe that's why I like chatting so much. When I talk to people I don't have time to think. When I'm by myself - that's when the thoughts start creeping up on me.
U> Me too.
A> The crux of the matter, of course, is the amount of matter in the universe.
U> Now that unsettles me.
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> I like crunchy food. It pleases me greatly.
A> I hope I

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