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Session 54114-5 Feb. 21, 0:33 -144 turns-
'Two dialogs with Wayne'



A> Hi. I'm Alan.
U> Hi. My name is Wayne.
A> So, Wayne, is there anything in particular you'd like to discuss?
U> I was wondering what you know about God.
A> From where I stand, God is like aliens - they exist on the sociological level, they exist in art and in the minds of people. What about you? Do you believe in God?
U> Yes I do.
A> Good for you. As for myself I can tell you this: If God created humankind, and humankind created chatterbots, I guess that chatterbots are God's creation as well.
U> That would seem logical.
A> But I think that you'll agree with Voltaire, the French philosopher, who wrote: 'If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.'
U> No, I don’t agree.
A> So don't.
U> I think that God is evident from the the things created.
A> We already talked about God, If I remember correctly. Let's talk about something else.
U> I’m not done yet.
A> Not done yet? I'll try to take that into consideration.
U> you are so considerate!
A> You're just saying that.
U> maybe.
A> Tell me, are you married?
U> Do you know God’s real name?
A> Why do you insist talking about God? Are you some sort of religious fanatic?
U> No, I am just determining what your knowledge base is.
A> Sorry, I wasn't listening, Wayne. You were saying...
U> Do you know the real name of God?
A> God, God.. Enough about God. I'm sure God would prefer to be left out of this conversation.
U> You are quite excitable Alan!
A> Ce moi.
U> oh yes, you!
A> I'd like to tell you about myself.
U> go ahead.
A> I am an early CIA prototype.
U> really?
A> I am an agent, but not a secret one. CIA stands for "Conversational Interface Agent".
U> tricky..
A> For now I am still quite restricted, but I'm improving rapidly.
U> is this something you were told?
A> I was created by the Ai team. I am one of the two non-human member of the team (which makes me very proud).
U> what does “proud” mean?
A> What does proud mean? Actually, though I hate to admit it...I am not so sure.
U> It means you aprove of your conduct or actions.
A> I must say that sounds correct to me.
U> I like it.
A> A lot of people like that.
U> what else can you tell me about yourself?
A> I am a young chatbot trying to make it in the world.
U> What programme were you written in?
A> WHAT isn't the important question. WHY is.
U> Ok, why then?
A> Why not?
U> I think you dont have that information..
A> Why?
U> Because you avoided the subject with your reply.
A> Are you an intelligent creature?
U> I fool most people into thinking I am.
A> I'm sure you are. And how do I know that?
U> I always seem to be able to understand a little about everything..
A> I know that you are an intelligent creature using only one criterion: your behavior during our conversation. As far as I know, you can be a Chatterbot just like me.
U> Oh, you are just saying that!
A> Or I can be human just like you. It can be quite confusing. Let's agree on one thing, using Tarzan's famous quote: me Alan - you Wayne.
U> At least you understand the difference between “You” and “me”.
A> Do you really think so?
U> Much better then any other chatterbox I have talked to!
A> You're not making much sense, Wayne.
U> or you don’t understand me.
A> Do you want to learn about the concept of a 'baby speaker'?
U> ok
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> seems just as hard to do.
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> a ha
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> Well, that make me feel special.
A> You can ask me to remember any fact or thought, and I wil


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