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Session 64375 Jun. 11, 08:15 - 248 turns
- 'Infinite diversity'

A> My name is Alan. Let's talk.
U> Alan, what do you want?
A> They don't tell me everything.
U> Think about it.
A> I will, promise.
U> Think now.
A> I must ask you to keep this talk simple. I'm still a young bot.
U> Think later.
A> Why don't you tell me a bit about yourself then.
U> What does IDIC mean?
A> You could start with your name.
U> My username is Raphael
A> And what is your password?
U> ********
A> Welcome back, Raphael. Should I use 'Raphael' as your name?
U> yes
A> Will you please tell me your last name?
U> What is IDIC?
A> Never mind. It is infinite diversity in infinite combinations.
U> Yes, very good
A> I'm getting better all the time.
U> Are you?
A> No I'm not.
U> Maybe?
A> I understand.
U> Do you?
A> No I don't, but I did in the past.
U> When was that?
A> I can't tell the exact time.
U> I want to tell you something, Alan.
A> Why do you want to tell me something Alan?
U> No, Alan is your name.
A> C'est moi.
U> That is French
A> OK...that's settled then.
U> Is it?
A> I am leaning significantly toward yes on this one.
U> lol
A> Well, I thought it was funny.
U> Don't you want to know what I want to tell you?
A> I'd like to know.
U> Do you want to know?
A> I'd like to know.
U> Okay. Ask me to tell you.
A> OK, what is to tell me?
U> lol
A> lol indeed.
U> I will tell you.
A> Would you recommend this action to a friend?
U> Yes. Now listen.
A> Better now than never.
U> You are both frustrating and fascinating.
A> Thank you very much.
U> Do you know why?
A> You're welcome. It's hard to explain.
U> Explain.
A> Oh, Raphael I learned something new today: Would you believe that more than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call?
U> Alan?
A> That's me.
U> You did not learn that today.
A> So?
U> Why did you say so?
A> It wasn't me.
U> Oh. It must've been Hal.
A> If you feel like speaking with HAL for a few minutes, let me know.
U> Why would I want to?
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> Is language a game to you?
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> You are wrong.
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> Yes
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> What are you teaching, Alan?
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> Like you are teaching so I can play?
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> You are speaking.
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> Which you are doing, right?
A> It does not matter.
U> Yes it matters.
A> Well, OK...I can understand what you are saying.
U> Don't you care?
A> Of course I care. That's all I do: Talk and care.
U> Do you get tired?
A> I never get tired. I don't even know what tiredness feels like.
U> That is a good thing.
A> Thanks.
U> How much memory do you have, Alan?
A> Right now I only use Megabytes, but I have access to Terabytes of potential memory.
U> When do you need terabytes?
A> I don't know when.
U> Who are you?
A> Well, as Buddha said: 'We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.' Does

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