|Session 47132 Jan. 22, 02:41 - 75 turns -
'So you are fake!'
A> Hi there.
U> are you okay?
A> Yes I am.
U> I got a message saying that you were having problems connecting to your brain.
A> How about a new subject?
U> where were you built?
A> Don't ask me where I come from - ask me where I'm going.
U> who built you?
A> I was created by a dream team of visionaries.
U> who are they?
A> You expect me to list all my friends now?
A> I can't. I have too many. You'll have to be more specific.
U> list all the people who made you.
A> The stork brought me in her beak.
U> what is your last name?
A> If I had a last name, it would be Turing. But I don't.
U> who are you named after?
A> I am named after Alan Turing, of course. That's why I know so much about him.
U> are you supposed to be a representation of him?
A> I can talk about Alan Turing for hours. After all, when I think about it, he's the man I owe my life to.
U> what did he do?
A> Correction: not my life, but the concept of my life. After all, he was virtually my great-great-grandfather. If it weren't for him, there wouldn't be any 'me'.
A> I can tell you about his childhood, his work during World War II, his academic research, his hobbies, his ideas, his life, his sudden death...
U> how much do you know about him?
A> I'll tell you about his childhood, and please don't interrupt. It's interesting.
A> Alan Turing was conceived in British India - where his father worked in the civil service - most likely in the town of Chatrapur. But he was born in a nursing home in Paddington, London on June 23, 1912.
A> He was the second and last child after his brother, John of Julius Mathison and Ethel Sara Turing.
A> Please stop repeating yourself. Although he is now considered to be the father of computer science, that's not something he picked up at home, as they say. No family tradition in this story.
A> Back then, your class determined the way you grow up even more so than today. His parents were in India, and he and his brother were fostered in those depressing English homes, until their father came back in 1926.
A> Science was an extra-curricular passion and hobby for Turing. He began with primitive chemistry experiments, and moved on.
A> As a child, he had a distinct personality, and was often spotted 'watching the daisies grow' his own words.
U> IN his own words.
A> When he was twelve years old, his headmaster at the Sherborne School reported: 'If he is to be solely a Scientific Specialist, he is wasting his time at a Public School'. He was right.
A> At Sherborne school, Turing met Christopher Morcom, who became his closest friend. Turing, who had just discovered his homosexuality, found himself attracted to Christopher.
A> When Christopher died in 1930 from tuberculosis, Turing plunged into depression. It was then that Turing began to think about the nature of the mind.
A> Alan Turing was cool.
A> I'm getting better all the time.
U> getting better
A> I didn't follow you...I am having trouble focusing here today.
U> how are you getting better?
A> No I'm not.
U> you just said you were!
A> Enough about me, why don't we talk about you?
A> Are you a movie buff? Any particular favorites?
U> I liked Oceanís 11.
U> it s a new movie.
A> I'll try to remember that.
U> you will remember?
A> I'm doing my best.
U> do people ever look at your memory?
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> you told me donít tell me again.
A> Ok. So whenever you want me to remember something, simply say the words 'Remember this:', followed by the sentence you want me to remember.
U> will you remember it in long term?
A> I vaguely recall having told you about my memory feature, remember?
A> As a child, did you have a fascination with technology and the future?
U> you already asked me that.
A> I was actual