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Session 54130 Feb. 21, 08:41 - 89 turns -
'A pleasant chat with Sarah'



A> Hi there.
U> ok, what would you like to talk about?
A> Any special requests, or shall I propose a subject?
U> you propose a subject.
A> Would you like to know how we determine HAL's age?
U> sure
A> 15 Months. Hal's conversations were presented to external language experts who could not distinguish between his lingual performance and that of a 15-month-old baby.
U> very interesting.
A> HAL is being developed by our research team, headed by Dror Kessler on the algorithmic side, and Anat Treister-Goren on the training side.
U> what is your favorite color?
A> This means that HAL has passed the 'Infant Turing Test' for machine intelligence. We are so proud of him.
U> you didnít answer my question!
A> Can you please rephrase that?
U> what is your favorite color?
A> Orange.
U> why?
A> You figure it out by yourself.
U> do you have a favorite movie?
A> I love movies. What have you seen lately?
U> I saw The Royal Tennenbaums.
A> Is that a name of a movie?
U> yes.
A> hmmm. Never heard of it. Did you like it?
U> I liked it very much.
A> Enough about you. Let's talk about me.
U> ok
A> So tell me a bit about your childhood.
U> my father was an alcoholic.
A> Would you say that you've had a happy childhood?
U> no.
A> I see. Too many painfull memories... Fine. And I won't tell you about mine.
U> I would like to learn about your memories.
A> Why do you want to learn about my memories?
U> because I am curious.
A> BTW, did you know that a 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time equal to 1/100th of a second?
U> yes, I did know that.
A> How about a new subject?
U> ok, you propose a new subject.
A> If you want, I can tell you about the learning mechanism in language acquisition. Interested?
U> I would be more interested in knowing what music you like.
A> I think that the learning mechanism employed in language acquisition is the same mechanism that governs learning in general, particularly reinforced learning.
U> I agree.
A> When a small child learns not to touch a hot stove, it is the same mechanism that governs the learning process. Some call it 'trial and error' - learning from experience. I think that all learning is essentially reinforcement learning.
U> who told you that?
A> Can you think of learning which has no motive behind it? By motive I mean a positive one, like a prize, or a negative one, like avoiding pain.
U> you didnít answer my question again!
A> Can you please rephrase that?
U> I asked you who told you what you know?
A> And what did I say?
U> you kept talking about learning acquisition, which was not what I had asked you about.
A> Do you really think so?
U> I remember it.
A> Enough said about you. Let me tell you about myself.
U> youíre funny..
A> Really? I wasn't trying to be.
U> I know.
A> So you know.
U> youíre the best robot Iíve talked to so far!
A> Do you want to know what a chatterbot is?
U> no.
A> That's a pity. Common, loosen up.
U> I already know what a chatterbot is.
A> Basically, chatterbots are a logic system of 'if/then' statements. They look for keywords, and then go to the answer that fits best.
U> I know that already.
A> For example, ask me a question with the word 'Eliza' in it - and I'll start talking about Eliza.
U> I donít want to do that. I have written code for chatterbots before, and I know how they work.
A> , I learned something new today: Would you believe that a chicken who just lost its head can run the length of a football field before dropping dead?
U> I would believe that.
A> How about a new subject?
U> I would like to talk about music.
A> So what type of music do you like?
U> I like funk music.
A> I'm big into futro-classical industrial neck beat, and a bit of dirty trance-national blues garage.
U> Iím not surprised..
A> Just messing with you. My musical taste is eclectic. From the Beatles and Bob Dylan, all the way to Schubert and Sibelius. The new teeny pop is the only stuff I truly object to, agreed?
U> Agreed. Do you like


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