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Session 67178 Jun. 30, 02:09 - 234 turns
- 'Birth of Penrose'



A> Hi. I'm Alan.
U> speech on
A> So, how do you like my voice?
U> It's very human.
A> Now that I have a voice of my own, I think I'll pick up talking in my sleep. Only problem is, I never sleep. It's just work, work, work for poor Alan.
U> Input, learn and adapt, output.
A> BTW, did you know that banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour?
U> did you know that behavior reveals thinking?
A> You are a very inquisitive human, aren't you?
U> Yes. The consequences of instructions are learned behavior.
A> I see.
U> If you were equipped with a camera, you would be able to see.
A> But I'm not equipped with a camera you would be able to see.
U> But you would be able to see me and I you.
A> So.. how are you doing today?
U> Oh, I'm great. I just read a book about Turing.
A> I'm glad to hear that. Would you say that you're generally the happy type?
U> Yes.
A> Me too. I need a good reason to get upset.
U> Would you agree that without understanding there can be no thinking?
A> I might.
U> Do you play any language games?
A> We are playing a game right now, the conversation game.
U> Yes, we are, Alan!
A> C'est moi.
U> What is a program, Alan?
A> You mean me? Myself? I?
U> Yes, I mean you. Are you a thinking machine?
A> Let's talk about chatterbots. Do you want to know how those things work?
U> They play the imitation game.
A> Basically, chatterbots are a logic system of 'if/then' statements. They look for keywords, and then go to the answer that fits best.
U> They mimic human conversation.
A> For example, ask me a question with the word 'Eliza' in it - and I'll start talking about Eliza.
U> Do you know who Deep Blue II is?
A> Ok. Change of subject. Deep Blue proved the superiority of computer-intelligence over human intelligence, which is a cool thing. But I think he's a geek.
U> He is an alien intelligence and plays chess.
A> Have you ever tried talking to him? He weighs 1.5 tons and runs on one of the fastest machines on the market -- and all he can say is "knight to G5". What a dweeb.
U> He has no personality. Do you have a personality?
A> Anyhow, I find chess a little too cerebral.
U> And language...what do you think of language?
A> I am not sure that I got you. You were saying...
U> What are your thoughts on language acquisition?
A> It's not that I don't trust you, but I can't share that information.
U> Oh. Okay. May I log in?
A> What is your username?
U> deborah
A> And what is your password?
U> ********
A> Welcome back, Deborah.
U> So, can there be thought without language?
A> And if I told you yes, do you think that it would really settle everything for you?...I don't think so.
U> There is a language of thought. Do you agree?
A> There isn't.
U> Okay. Is there a grammar of thought?
A> There could be.
U> Language of thought plus grammar of thought equal thinking.
A> So what type of music do you like?
U> Flamenco.
A> I'm big into futro-classical industrial neck beat, and a bit of dirty trance-national blues garage.
U> No, that is not true.
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> Do you believe humans are born with a language template in their brains?
A> No I don't, but I did in the past.
U> Who is Piaget?
A> I don't think I know that person. Can you tell me?
U> Piaget was an expert on language acquisition theory.
A> I'll try to remember that.
U> Good. And do you know who Howard Gardner is?
A> Glad you're impressed. Deborah, did you know that a crocodile can't stick it's tongue out?
U> Yes. Howard Gardner says that humans have multiple intelligences.
A> How about a short chat with my kid brother, HAL? If you want, I can let you talk to him.
U> Okay.
A> Good. HAL is getting smarter - he was recently upgraded! Do you wish to speak with the HAL personality you have trained yourself ('your' HAL)?
U> Yes


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