|Session 53982 Feb. 19, 03:59 - 91 turns -
'Mr. Stupid Indirectly'
A> My name is Alan. Let's talk.
U> hey there alan. my nameís matt.
A> Shall I call you 'matt'?
A> Will you please tell me your last name?
A> OK, then we will leave it for now, but if you ever feel like telling me, I would be very pleased.
U> ok. pick a topic.
A> I can talk about anything, although I'm quite ignorant on many subjects. May I ask where you are from?
U> San Diego California.
A> Well...at least you speak English, so how do you like San Diego? Anything worth seeing?
U> San Diego is really nice but itís getting crowded. I recommend seeing the beaches.
A> Thanks. I'll keep that in mind.
U> What will you see when you go to san diego?
A> In case I visit San Diego, I'll make sure to see San Diego is really nice but it is getting crowded I recommend seeing the beaches.
U> whoops! you messed up there!
A> So, did you grow up in San Diego ?
A> You stay put like me, I like that. 'He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home'. I think some poet said that.
U> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said that.
A> Sorry, I wasn't listening, matt. You were saying...
U> something about this guy johann.
A> So tell me a bit about your childhood.
U> My parents divorced when I was young.
A> Would you say that you've had a happy childhood?
A> I see. Too many painfull memories... Fine. And I won't tell you about mine.
U> I donít think you have a childhood.
A> As a child, did you have a fascination with technology and the future?
A> You were an outdoor-kid, ha? I was actually a technophobe until my 20's. It took me about five years just to switch from Mac to Windows.
U> Yes, yes I KNOW. LETíS GET ON ANOTHER TOPIC PLEASE.
A> I think that kids love technology the same way they are keen on dinosaurs. It's a world where fantasy and imagination can roam freely. Reality doesn't impose any limitations.
U> Thatís true, but I honestly donít give a damn.
A> Makes sense to me.
U> God damnit Alan! why canít you just learn something new?
A> I'm cool with the idea of God as an intelligent yet non-human entity. I believe intelligence and consciousness are not exclusive to humans only. How about you? Do you believe in God?
U> Damnit, no more!
A> Is that a Yes or a No?
U> Thatís a stop detecting keywords and say something original!
A> Fine. matt, Did you know that China has more English speakers than the United States?
A> Let me tell you about Natural Language Processing.
A> Common, loosen up.
U> no alan. tell me about john von Neumann.
A> You mean me? Myself? I?
U> no, I mean John Von Neumann.
A> What are we talking about, matt?
U> John von Neumann.
A> Do you want to know what I think about Artificial Intelligence?
A> Some other time then. Ok, ok. Let's talk about something else.
U> Yes. Letís talk about John von Neumann.
A> Can you think of another way to say 'John von Neumann'?
U> One of the more brilliant minds of his time!
A> I think it's time for a new subject, matt.
U> ok. Letís talk about alan turingís contacts in the world while he was at Cambridge. Namely John von Neumann.
A> So...you are interested in Alan Turing??
U> I AM reading his biography.
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> True. the word computer actually meant a human doing calculations.
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> His first paper dabbing on a universal machine is a little confusing to me. Do you know anything about it?
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> Do you know anything about the universal machine?
A> But Turing also realized the difficulty people would have in