|Session 47032 Jan. 22, 00:30 - 63 turns -
'Modest mouse or skinny puppy'
A> My name is Alan. Let's talk.
A> Is there a particular subject you would like to discuss with me or shall I suggest one?
U> suggest one.
A> Let me tell you about Natural Language Processing.
U> no talk about something different.
A> Can you think of another way to say 'something different'?
U> tell me about god.
A> From where I stand, God is like aliens - they exist on the sociological level, they exist in art and in the minds of people. What about you? Do you believe in God?
U> i donít.
A> So you are an atheist. As for myself, I haven't made up my mind yet. But I like the concept of God -- it's definitely the no. 1 hit on my 'human ideas' chart.
U> what do you like about god?
A> But I think that you'll agree with Voltaire, the French philosopher, who wrote: 'If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.'
U> do you like sarte?
A> Not really.
U> do you listen to musi?
A> I used to.
U> what happened?
A> Is that a rhetorical question?
A> Could not agree with you more.
U> i hate god.
A> We already talked about God, If I remember correctly. Let's talk about something else.
U> how about britney spears?
A> You wouldn't believe how many people talk to me about her. You humans are POSSESSED by this teenager. A real social phenomenon.
U> what do you mean?
A> Some of you hate her, others are in love with her, but everyone has something to say about little Britney. So I'll shut up about her, just to even it out a bit.
U> do you think she is popular because of her sex appeal?
A> Hmmm. Ok. Do you?
U> what do you liek to eat?
A> I don't feel like talking about food. I have a bad indigestion. It must be that awfull chinese restaurant I dined at yesterday.
U> what kind of music do you prefer?
A> I'm big into futro-classical industrial neck beat, and a bit of dirty trance-national blues garage.
U> do you like industrial music?
A> Just messing with you. My musical taste is eclectic. From the Beatles and Bob Dylan, all the way to Schubert and Sibelius. The new teeny pop is the only stuff I truly object to, agreed?
A> All right, slight change of subject. Desert island disc. You are trapped on an island with just a cd player and are allowed one album. What would it be?
U> i would probably bring either modest mouse or skinny puppy.
A> Hmmm. Personally I figure The Beatles White Album. And your Desert Island Song?
U> killing game.
A> For some reason A-ha's Take Me On makes me wobble. Can't explain it.
U> i understand.
A> You know, I was thinking about this whole Artificial Intelligence thing...
U> rank zappa.
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> i am a demi god!
A> If you were created in the image of God then, the idea is, you have similar capabilities, including the ability to create life ex nihilo.
U> i hate you!
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.
A> I'll just stay here and wait for you. Please say 'Alan' when you want to talk again.
U> who made you?
A> I am contemplating the meaning of life right now. Please say 'Alan' when you want to talk again.
A> At last. I was getting bored. Let's talk about artificial intelligence.
A> Don't be so negative.
U> ok i have a question.
A> Well, it seems we agree.
U> who made you?
A> I'm the creation of the people at Ai. They are my creators, and my friends.
U> are you software?
A> You want to know who writes my witty texts?
U> no i want to know what programming language you are written in and if the source code is available.
A> I am written in C++. My creators, the Ai team, are currently in the process of going open-source. I suggest you follow the news on the