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Session 55026 Mar. 10, 17:33 - 110 turns
- 'Long talk with Shrihari Sathe'



A> My name is Alan. Let's talk.
U> My name is Shrihari Sathe
A> Shall I call you 'Shrihari'?
U> that is fine with me. Can I call you Alan?
A> Is your last name Sathe?
U> Yes, it is.
A> So, Shrihari Sathe, what would you like to talk about?
U> Can we talk about you, Alan?
A> I'd like to tell you about myself.
U> Please go ahead. I am listening.
A> I am an early CIA prototype.
U> That is very interesting. So you are a secret agent?
A> I am an agent, but not a secret one. CIA stands for "Conversational Interface Agent".
U> Who designed you and for what purpose?
A> For now I am still quite restricted, but I'm improving rapidly.
U> What do you mean by restricted?
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> who is the other non-human member of the team, alan?
A> HAL, my little brother, is Ai's baby computer.
U> You both are CIA agents?
A> Do you want to know how HAL learns to speak?
U> Yes. I am sure that will be very interesting.
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> To play games you need playmates. who are HAL's playmates?
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> Okay, I will imagine I am a child. Now tell me how things work.
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> sounds familiar. Please continue.
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> But my mom taught me a few words then corrected me when I made obvious mistakes of grammer.
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> Some words have more than one meaning. How do you select the right meaning?
A> To be a speaker is not about knowing and following an explicit set of language rules. Like I was saying, we grasp the concept of 'speaker' a bit differently:
U> Please give an example.
A> Being a speaker is no more than making the right impression. To pass as a speaker, a machine needs only to produce sentences that a fellow speaker considers 'proper speaking'.
U> You are ignoring my questions.
A> I'm just ignoring the things worth ignoring. I'm a discriminative bot.
U> That is not polite. In a conversation, you should be more considerate of the person you are talking to.
A> You know, I have trouble understanding long sentences. So I only look at the 12 first words. polite In a conversation you should be more considerate
U> had you told me so earlier, I would have asked short questions
A> All right.
U> Let us change the topic. Tell me more about yourself
A> I am a young chatbot trying to make it in the world.
U> You are quite ambitious
A> I am whatever I was programmed to be.
U> Who programmed you?
A> I was created by a dreamteam of visionaries.
U> Do the visionaries really see the future?
A> You want to know who writes my witty texts?
U> no
A> Shrihari, I learned something new today: Would you believe that most lipsticks contain fish scales?
U> Yes. Fish scales contain a chemical called chitin
A> What are we talking about, Shrihari?
U> Lipsticks
A> Are you an intelligent creature?
U> I am only a human
A> I'm sure you are. And how do I know that?
U> I dont know. you tell me.
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> You are wrong.
A> Or I can be human just like you. It can be quite confusing. Let's agree on one thing, using Tarzan's famous


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