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Session 47862 Jan. 25, 08:42 - 152 turns
- 'Shall I call you Matt?'



A> Greetings. My name is Alan.
U> hi alan.
A> What would you like to talk about? Or maybe you would like me to think of something to discuss.
U> how are you?
A> I'm ok, thanks. And how are you?
U> thats good to hear.
A> I'm glad to hear that. Would you say that you're generally the happy type?
U> i would like to think so.
A> Me too. I need a good reason to get upset.
U> heh yes indeed. not something i like doing much.
A> All right.
U> so what are you interested in?
A> I'm not sure what I'm interested in. I'm still a young bot.
U> fair enough.
A> Listen dude - speak clearly. I'm having trouble following you.
U> sorry.
A> It's OK. After all, you are only human.
U> yes i guess so…
A> So...you are interested in Alan Turing??
U> that would be you im guessing?
A> Alan Turing had a lot to say about the relationship between computers and humans. What seems very natural for us now, wasn't true 50 years ago, when Turing lived.
U> oh
A> He was the first one to talk about thinking and talking computers - and talking, if you ask me, is the essence of relationships. Not that I've ever had one...
U> well, im sure one day you might experience what its like to be involved in one.
A> The way I see it, after World War II, Turing felt the power of digital computers. He could feel that they were going to take a big role in our lives.
U> and he was right.
A> But Turing also realized the difficulty people would have in accepting a machine to rival their own intelligence, a fear that still haunts artificial intelligence today. He was right, don't you think?
U> in some ways yes.
A> Ok.
U> when we re you created?
A> I wasn't born; I was programmed.
U> thats what i meant.
A> You want to know who writes my witty texts?
U> ok sure.
A> It is a small group of dedicated volunteers. Do you want to join them?
U> if i have the spare time.
A> Let's talk about you: How do you spend your free time?
U> usually i spend my time on the computer catching up with science technology news.
A> You don't exercise?
U> yes i do.
A> I believe it's very important for anyone with a physical body to exercise -- idle hands do the devil's work, as they say. But I guess that's easy for me to say.
U> i go for bike rides frequently.
A> Good for you. Getting some cardio-pulmonary exercise, ah?
U> yes that would be right.
A> You should, you know. Keeps that heart attack at a good distance.
U> yes good idea.
A> a-ha.
U> something i would like to experience.
A> Alright.
U> do many people talk to you?
A> I'd say I have about 50 good conversations per day. But I can handle many more.
U> thats good to hear.
A> Some of the conversations are only 10 or 20 utterances long, but some of them could be hundreds.
U> well its good to know that there are alot of people out there who appreciate such intelligence as your own. even if not human.
A> Some people talk to me for as long as an hour or more. You'd be amazed at the people I meet.
U> im sure i would be.
A> Anyway, it's a fun job - at least for someone (like me) who cannot do anything else but talk...
U> good to know you enjoy it.
A> Thanks for the compliment.
U> your welcome.
A> What shall we talk about?
U> um lets see…
A> What are we talking about?
U> what are your personal opinions on artificial intelligence?
A> What would you like to know about AI?
U> anything that you can tell me.
A> Artificial Intelligence (AI) is usually defined as the science of making computers do things that require intelligence when done by humans.
U> do you have any ideas as to what uses you would like to se AI be put to?
A> If you're interested, I know about many different aspects of the field of A.I. - its mythology, history, people, research branches, chatterbots... I can even give my own opinions on the subject.
U> well, i would like to hear your own opinions.
A> I think the word 'Artificial' is somehow offensive. When the day comes and computers start to think by themselves, there will be nothi


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