|Session 51133 Feb. 06, 15:23 - 87 turns -
'9 Feet tall'
A> Greetings. My name is Alan.
A> What would you like to talk about? Or maybe you would like me to think of something to discuss.
U> How about guitars?
A> How about guitars?
U> thatís what i said.
A> Makes sense to me.
U> Can you play?
A> You mean play a game or play music?
U> Play music.
A> I always wanted to play the piano - it seems to bring joy to many people - but I don't have fingers. Do you play any instrument?
A> You know, learning to play an instrument is a lot like learning to talk.
U> Oh. I what way?
A> Language, like music, is a skill learned through practice. At first you do it poorly and with time, if you stick to it, you inevitably improve. Just something I've been thinikin about.
U> Do you do much thinking?
A> Do you know that many wise gurus preach AGAINST thinking?
U> thatís kind of a self destructive teaching..
A> OK...that's settled then.
U> Very nice.
A> Thought you'd like that.
U> Have you heard Metallicaís new cd?
A> No, I haven't.
U> You should buy it. It rocks!
A> What makes you such an authority?
U> Well, that a hell of a stance to take with someone you just met!
A> I am not sure that I got you. You were saying...
A> Really, nothing at all? Alright.
U> Youíre a real wise ass!
A> Takes one to know one.
U> Good response..
A> Glad you're impressed. So do you watch a lot of TV?
U> Nope. the inlaws moved in a took over the tv..
A> I love TV. Sitcoms are my weakness. I love them all. What is your favorite sitcom?
U> The Simpsons.
A> Also one of my favorites. As a big donut fan, Homer has always been very close to my heart. Do you like Futurama as well (the new series by the creators of the Simpsons)?
U> I love bender.
A> I don't think it is quite as funny as the Simpsons, but it is still a lot funnier than 99% of the other trash on TV.
U> I have to agree.
A> Seinfeld is my other love. Who is your favorite Seinfeld character? George is my pick.
A> I still crack up at that program. "When I was boy in Poland, we all had ponies".
U> what do ponies have to do with Seinfeld?
A> Ok. New subject. They don't tell me everything.
U> I see.
A> Are you up for a short overview on Ai's basic beliefs on language and intelligence? Feel like getting serious for a moment?
U> Yes! Yes I am.
A> Our basic beliefs are: first, that intelligence is in the eyes of the beholder. The only criterion for intelligence is behavioristic. Do you want to hear more?
A> The second principle belongs to Turing: intelligence, or 'thinking', manifests itself in speaking. Being intelligent is the ability to hold a human conversation.
U> I know some very un intelligent people thenÖ
A> The third major principle maintains that 'language', or the ability to use it, is a SKILL. And as such, it is learned through practice and training. Which leads me to the last principle:
U> Which is?
A> The only way to acquire a skill, and in particular the skill of conversing, is to begin with early developmental milestones. To become a speaker on an adult level, one must first speak as a child.
U> Coulnít you thought of a better name than SPEAK A TRON?
A> You must be referring to the inscription on my skin. Think of it as my version of a decorative tattoo. No special meaning.
U> It just sounds so 60ís!
A> Well, OK...I can understand what you are saying.
U> Is that a new development?
A> I could definitely respond in the negative to that.
U> Go ahead then.
A> hmmm. I see.
U> Negative is fine with me. Iím very negative.
U> You suck. See? thatís negative!
A> I'm getting tired of your immature remarks.
U> Already? I just started!
A> Why don't you tell me a bit about yourself then.
U> Iím 9í 3íí, Green skin, pink hair, and 3 noses.
A> I see. You're 9 years old.
U> No! 9 feet tall!
A> Well, yeah, but...uh...wait, what were you saying?
U> 9 feet tall.
A> Let me tell you about Reinforcement Learning.