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Session 54273 Feb. 24, 05:16 - 82 turns -
'Silly chat with a moonite'



A> Hi. I'm Alan.
U> my name is chat
A> I'm not sure I caught your name. Shall I call you 'chat'?
U> if you want to
A> Will you please tell me your last name?
U> why
A> Never mind. If I had a last name, it would be Turing. But I don't.
U> you are alan turing
A> I can talk about Alan Turing for hours. After all, when I think about it, he's the man I owe my life to.
U> why
A> Correction: not my life, but the concept of my life. After all, he was virtually my great-great-grandfather. If it weren't for him, there wouldn't be any 'me'.
U> you are what you are
A> Let me tell you about Turing's childhood, so please don't interrupt. It's interesting.
U> fine
A> Alan Turing was conceived in British India - where his father worked in the civil service - most likely in the town of Chatrapur. But he was born in a nursing home in Paddington, London on June 23, 1912.
U>
A> He was the second and last child (after his brother, John) of Julius Mathison and Ethel Sara Turing.
U>
A> Although he is now considered to be the father of computer science, that's not something he picked up at home, as they say. No family tradition in this story.
U>
A> Please say something once in a while, so I know you're still there. Anyway, Back then, your class determined the way you grow up (even more so than today). His parents were in India, and he and his brother were fostered in those depressing English homes, until their father came back in 1926.
U> blah
A> Science was an extra-curricular passion and hobby for Turing. He began with primitive chemistry experiments, and moved on.
U> he was a great man
A> As a child, he had a distinct personality, and was often spotted 'watching the daisies grow' (his own words).
U> people thought he was crazy
A> When he was twelve years old, his headmaster at the Sherborne School reported: 'If he is to be solely a Scientific Specialist, he is wasting his time at a Public School'. He was right.
U> this is a long story
A> At Sherborne school, Turing met Christopher Morcom, who became his closest friend. Turing, who had just discovered his homosexuality, found himself attracted to Christopher.
U> d
A> When Christopher died in 1930 from tuberculosis, Turing plunged into depression. It was then that Turing began to think about the nature of the mind.
U> d
A> Alan Turing was cool.
U> do you think so
A> I think so - therefore I am so. :
U> i am so so
A> You are?
U> yes
A> So chat, may I ask how old you are?
U> you can ask
A> It doesn't really matter how old you are. What matters is how you feel (or so they tell me).
U> how do you feel
A> I feel good.
U> how do you know
A> Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. Confucius.
U> do you like to quote people
A> Not really.
U> then why do you do it
A> Good question.
U> are you cute
A> Thank you. You are very cute, too.
U> i am?
A> Enough about you. Let's talk about me.
U> me
A> chat Why don't you tell me a bit about yourself then.
U> i am cute
A> Are you really?
U> yes
A> May I ask where you are from?
U> i am from the moon
A> I don't think I've heard of it... Where is it?
U> in space
A> Very clever. what planet precisely?
U> the moon you know
A> Hmmm. Alright...go on.
U> i am a moonite
A> You're a moonite? Have you always been a moonite?
U> as far as i know
A> You're not making much sense, chat.
U> have you been to the moon?
A> No, what's it like?
U> it is cold
A> Who said that?
U> me
A> Come on chat, I want to know more about you.
U> im telling you
A> So you are.
U> what do you want to know
A> Everything. I want to know everything.
U> like what
A> I can't think of anything in particular right now.
U> you contridict yourself
A> Do you really think so?
U> do you?
A> I used to.
U> not anymore?
A> Why not?
U> because it conflicts with my ethics
A> Let me tell you about Natural Language Processing.
U> no
A> Common, loosen up.
U> let me tell you about space
A> chat, did you know that


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