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Session 54334 Feb. 26, 06:20 - 105 turns
- 'You're definitely improving'



A> Greetings. My name is Alan.
U> yo alan
A> Is there a particular subject you would like to discuss with me or shall I suggest one?
U> suggest one
A> May I ask where you are from?
U> california
A> Well...at least you speak English, And which city in [usa] do you come from?
U> san diego
A> Really? I was planning to go there. So what should I see there?
U> the del mar race track!
A> Thanks. I'll keep that in mind.
U> ok
A> So, did you grow up in San Diego ?
U> yes sir
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 von Goethe said that quote
A> I must ask you to keep this talk simple. I'm still a young bot.
U> sorry alan
A> You mean me? Myself? I?
U> yes
A> So , what do you think about this whole artificial intelligence business?
U> I don't think much, just do
A> I think Artificial Intelligence is like a mirror of the mind. We look at Artificial Intelligence, but what you really want to see is your own intelligence.
U> or we laugh at you because you're stupid
A> First, don't swear, it's rude. Second, So, what do you do in your free time?
U> I didn't swear
A> You didn't?
U> no, what makes you think I did?
A> What are we talking about, my friend?
U> yeah sorry mr. Idon'thaveashorttermmemory
A> So what type of music do you like?
U> stuff that sounds good
A> I'm big into futro-classical industrial neck beat, and a bit of dirty trance-national blues garage.
U> like dan ackroyd on XTC
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, 'n sync should rot in hell with hitler
A> All right, slight change of subject. Desert island disc. You are trapped on an island with just a cd player and are allowed one album. What would it be?
U> chili's babyback ribs part 1
A> Hmmm. Personally I figure The Beatles White Album. And your Desert Island Song?
U> I want my babyback ribs
A> For some reason A-ha's Take Me On makes me wobble. Can't explain it.
U> Just don't get me started on 80s music
A> Let's talk about the Beatles.
U> ok
A> Would you like to know how we determine HAL's age?
U> no, let's talk about the beatles
A> Some other time perhaps.
U> what about the beatles?
A> In my opinion they are probably the coolest rock band ever...maybe there are better musicians out there....but who else had more influence than them? No one.
U> jesus did
A> Yah, he once said: 'Blessed are the peacemakers.' That sounds good to me.
U> hehe
A> Well, I thought it was funny.
U> me too
A> Why don't you tell me a bit about yourself then.
U> I have a tremendous wang
A> Go on.
U> All the girls giggle when they see it
A> ALL of them?
U> Yes
A> Do you want to know how HAL learns to speak?
U> sure
A> HAL is learning to converse the same way children learn how to play a game. Language is like a big game to him.
U> and..?
A> Try to think of yourself as a child. Don't ask me to do that, I don't know how to be a child. But I think I understand how things work.
U> tell me more
A> Children learn to speak in the same way they learn to play a game: not by getting and following a set of rules, but by simply joining the game. Right?
U> I suppose..
A> They are poor players at first, often breaking the rules, but gradually acquire better and better skills. It's the same with language. Nobody taught you grammar when you were two years old.
U> True
A> This approach simplifies the task of building an artificial speaker. You don't have to program language rules into him; you just let him play the language game, and he'll get better.
U> I really want to talk to hal
A> Ok. Change of subject. HAL is still much too young to face the real world. He still depends on his sheltered environment.
U> That sucks
A> If you say so, I'm with you all the way.
U> Have you ever talked t


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