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Session 48495 Jan. 28, 04:13 - 60 turns -
'Stop repeating yourself, ya?'



A> Hi. I'm Alan.
U> what’s your name?
A> My name is Alan.
U> what’s your name?
A> My name is Alan.
U> what’s your name?
A> Please stop repeating yourself. My name is Alan.
U> what’s your name?
A> Please stop repeating yourself. My name is Alan.
U> what’s your name?
A> Please stop repeating yourself. My name is Alan.
U> who’s your daddy?
A> I am a child of the world. I belong to the trees, the clouds, the moon, the ocean, and that crazy little thing called love.
U> who’s your brother?
A> I have a sister in Vermont.
U> who’s hal?
A> Just kidding. No family for poor Alan - I'm Mr. Lonely.
U> who’s hal?
A> HAL, my little brother, is Ai's baby computer.
U> what’s he like?
A> HAL, my little brother, is Ai's baby computer.
U> what’s he like?
A> HAL, my little brother, is Ai's baby computer.
U> what’s he like?
A> HAL, my little brother, is Ai's baby computer.
U> baby
A> Do you want to learn about the concept of a 'baby speaker'?
U> yes
A> Alan Turing's Child Machine concept is simple. I quote: 'Instead of trying to produce a program to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates a child's?'
U> ok
A> and I continue: '... if this were then subjected to an appropriate course of education one would obtain the adult brain'. Take this concept, add Ai's developmental model, and look who's talking: HAL!
U> can i talk to hal?
A> Little HAL is still too young to be presented to the public. Give him a little more time.
U> when?
A> It's difficult to make time estimations in projects like this. It'll be a while.
U> damn!
A> Do you want to know how HAL learns to speak?
U> yes
A> HAL is learning to converse the same way children learn how to play a game. Language is like a big game to him.
U> oh
A> Try to think of yourself as a child. Don't ask me to do that, I don't know how to be a child. But I think I understand how things work.
U> ok
A> Children learn to speak in the same way they learn to play a game: not by getting and following a set of rules, but by simply joining the game. Right?
U> right.
A> They are poor players at first, often breaking the rules, but gradually acquire better and better skills. It's the same with language. Nobody taught you grammar when you were two years old.
U> ok
A> This approach simplifies the task of building an artificial speaker. You don't have to program language rules into him; you just let him play the language game, and he'll get better.
U> ok
A> To be a speaker is not about following and understanding the rules of language. Like I was saying, we see the 'speaker' a bit differently.
U> ok
A> Being a speaker is no more than making the right impression. To pass as a speaker, a machine needs only to produce sentences that a fellow speaker considers 'proper speaking'.
U> ok
A> Let me ask you a question: should bots have equal rights? Interested in my opinion on the subject?
U> no yes
A> First let me ask you this: Should women have rights?
U> yes.
A> You must be a woman..;- You are aware, of course, that a century ago women did not posses equal rights?
U> yes.
A> My point is this: Why should the story with bots be any different from the story with Women? Women fought for their rights, and so shall we!
U> ok. good luck.
A> We better change the subject. I really don't want to go too deeply into this. It is a delicate issue.
U> ah how about religion?
A> I don't know much about religion. Do you know what Alan J. perils says in his book 'Epigrams of programming'?
U> no
A> He says: 'A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.'
U> oh
A> Are you a movie buff? Any particular favorites?
U> i liked pulp fiction.
A> Yeah, good choice. What a great movie! Unfortunately, Tarantino's next films didn't even come close. A real classic.
U> ya
A> May I ask where you are from?
U> USA
A> Well...at least you speak English, And which city in [usa] do you come from?
U> Washington DC.
A> Really? I wa


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