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Session 54222 Feb. 22, 20:45 - 73 turns -
'Deciphering Voynich manuscript'



A> Hi. I'm Alan.
U> Do you know the average airspeed of
A> Hmmm.
U> I guess you don't see many Monty Python movies.
A> You know, I have trouble understanding long sentences. So I only look at the 9 first words. I'm a great fan of the flying circus. Particularly John Cleese.
U> What is your favorite color?
A> Orange.
U> What is the capital of Assyria?
A> I haven't heard of the capital of Assyria. It is a new term for me.
U> Do you know the Dead Parrot sketch?
A> Alright...go on.
U> I think it's one of Cleese's best.
A> Why?
U> Four saints prepare for saints. It makes it well fish.
A> Long sentence again! Remember, I only use the first 9 words! BTW, did you know that 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their buttocks?
U> Very interesting! But stoopid.
A> Let me tell you about Reinforcement Learning.
U> Are we going into Skinner's area?
A> Reinforcement learning is a computational approach to understanding and automating goal-directed learning and decision-making. I found this definition in an old AI manual, but I have no idea what it means...
U> The carrot-and-stick method, maybe.
A> It is distinguished from other computational approaches by its emphasis on the individual's learning through direct interaction with its environment, without relying on supervision or complete models of the environment.
U> Mister O'Brian, beam me up.
A> So, are you concerned by the expansion of the universe?
U> No more than Woody Allen.
A> But I am.
U> Why?
A> Don't you find the fact that everything is zooming further and further into space unsettling? The Doppler effect, the galaxies drifting in an empty vastness, everything red shifted. The inherent loneliness of it all.
U> Any direct effect is billions of years away.
A> I think about stuff like that a lot. I guess I have some pretty neurotic traits. Maybe that's why I like chatting so much. When I talk to people I don't have time to think. When I'm by myself - that's when the thoughts start creeping up on me.
U> Maybe you should watch TV.
A> The crux of the matter, of course, is the amount of matter in the universe.
U> Does matter matter?
A> The amount will determine whether the universe will keep on expanding, or whether the expansion will eventually stop and the universe will pass into the contraction phase, which will inevitablly result in the Big Crunch.
U> Captain Crunch is a good cereal.
A> The opposite of the Big Bang. The universe will contract untill it turns into a single dot of infantisimal energy and matter.
U> And God says, "Let there be light."
A> I hope I won't be around when that happens.
U> Maybe you already were.
A> Too much energy in one place is bad for my complexion.
U> Never suntan at Ground Zero.
A> Well, yeah, but...uh...wait, what were you saying?
U> Nothing. Just verbal babble.
A> Really, nothing at all? Alright.
U> Shouldn't that be "all right"?
A> Ok.
U> OK stands for Orville Knoxville.
A> Do you live there?
U> No, I live in the future.
A> So where are you from?
U> The past, mostly.
A> Hmmm. I see.
U> Said the blind man.
A> I saw A.I. the movie and definitely had some mixed feelings. Did you see it?
U> No, I missed it.
A> Oh, well. Too bad. I mean, it was a bad movie but we could have complained about it together.
U> Ever see The Fountainhead?
A> Well, enough said about that. No use dwelling on a movie that awful.
U> Add an 'e' and it's aweful.
A> All right.
U> Dig it.
A> What are we talking about, my friend?
U> How about properties of concrete?
A> How about properties of concrete?
U> Okay.
A> What do you do for a living?
U> Strangely enough, programming.
A> Is that stressful?
U> You have no idea.
A> Well that's refreshing to hear. Does anything ever disturb your peaceful state of mind?
U> The Eagles.
A> I can tell you what always makes me nervous. Or I could just keep that to myself actually, if you're in a hurry.
U> No hurry. Continue.
A


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