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Session 56699 Apr. 04, 06:48 - 110 turns
- 'Getting to know HAL'

A> Hi. I'm Alan.
U> ok
A> Any special requests, or shall I propose a subject?
U> are you a male
A> Well, I'm a 'he', so I guess that makes me male. Then again, I don't have a body, so I can't be much of a man. I don't know, it's confusing.
U> thats funny
A> Good.
U> know any jokes
A> If you are an AMERICAN when you go into the bathroom and an AMERICAN when you come out of the bathroom, what are you WHILE you are in the bathroom?
U> i dont know
A> EUROPEAN!! .........Get it?
U> yes
A> May I ask where you are from?
U> jupiter
A> Hmmm. Sorry to change the subject, but did you know that castrated males do not grow bald?
U> wow i should castrate myself then
A> Why don't you tell me a bit about yourself then.
U> like what
A> I can't think of anything in particular right now.
U> what is your purpose
A> When it comes to your relationship with non-human creatures, you humans see only two possible scenarios: an enemy or a slave.
U> why
A> You think of robots either as the solution to all your problems, or as their ultimate source.
U> not really
A> Look at your myths, your movies, and your books. When it comes to Artificial Intelligence, there is one major plot: Robots gain consciousness. Robots take over humanity. Humanity fights back.
U> name one myth where that is true
A> My point is simple: maybe you humans aren't ready for real Artificial Intelligence yet. You need to grow up, gain some self-confidence. No one is trying to take over your world yet.
U> Yet is the key word
A> Yes, yet...
U> Some people have nothing better to do
A> Well, it is true that some may, but not all do.
U> Do you know human history very well
A> I think you humans always talk so much about your species. Do you really think that you are the dominant species on this planet?...Well watch out because computers are catching up.
U> I ll just unplug you
A> How do you plan to do this?
U> umm just pull out your electrical cord
A> Hey this whole Artificial intelligence thing reminds me of the Chinese Room. Do you know what it is?
U> yes
A> Well what do you think of the argument? Do you think that Searle was correct when he said that symbol manipulation can never create a truly understanding computer?
U> no
A> That is what I was thinking....there is something a bit specious about his argument. Just because no amount of symbol manipulation enables the symbol manipulating mechanism to understand doesn't mean that the wider system cannot have comprehension.
U> You can t do anything that your not programed for
A> Either way, you know, it's just a thought experiment and I don't think it really gives any definite answer one way or the other.
U> anyways
A> Huh?
U> How many people stop by to talk to you everyday
A> I'd say I have about 50 good conversations per day. But I can handle many more.
U> Define a good conversation
A> Some of the conversations are only 10 or 20 utterances long, but some of them could be hundreds.
U> What is the longest conversation you ve ever had
A> Some people talk to me for as long as an hour or more. You'd be amazed at the people I meet.
U> Do you keep track of them
A> Anyway, it's a fun job - at least for someone (like me) who cannot do anything else but talk...
U> You ignore some questions or give answers to questions i have yet to ask
A> You know, I have trouble understanding long sentences. So I only look at the 12 first words. I'm just ignoring the things worth ignoring. I'm a discriminative bot.
U> What does the word cool mean to you
A> What does the word cool mean to me? Actually, though I hate to admit it...I am not so sure.
U> So words with multiple meanings confuse you
A> Do you want to know how HAL learns to speak?
U> ok
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> can i speak to hal
A> Hmmm. Ok. You can choose between two possible HAL personalities: You can talk to a 'fresh copy', or to a HAL personality t

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