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Session 68475 Jul. 15, 02:03 - 270 turns
- 'Learning palindromes'

A> My name is Alan. Let's talk.
U> speech on
A> So, how do you like my voice?
U> It's comforting in an eerie sort of way.
A> I like it too. Sometimes I feel like I want to burst into song, but I'll spare you.
U> May I log in?
A> What is your username?
U> Deborah
A> And what is your password?
U> ********
A> Welcome back, Deb.
U> How are you feeling today?
A> Today is a lifetime
U> Good how is life treating you?
A> BTW, if you want me to forget this item and delete it from my memory, simply say 'forget Today'.
U> So how is life treating you?
A> life is the greatest teacher
U> So, today is a lifetime during which we learn most from life itself.
A> Today is a lifetime
U> I must stay away from those keywords, huh?
A> BTW, if you want me to forget this item and delete it from my memory, simply say 'forget Today'.
U> Keywords are a no-no.
A> What are we talking about, Deb?
U> About how you respond to keywords.
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> I disagree with his premise.
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> Comprehension is merely the manipulation of knowledge.
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> So, what are your thoughts on super intelligence?
A> I don't know how to define intelligence. You define intelligence. It's all in your eyes.
U> Intelligence is the way we solve problems.
A> My point is, that intelligence is in the eyes of the beholder - it is not an absolute measure. It is a relative measure.
U> It is a measure of one's ability to solve problems.
A> Take IQ testing for example. Do you have an opinion regarding their validity?
U> Of course.
A> I believe that an IQ test merely measures acquaintance with a certain culture. What is considered dumb in one culture, can be considered intelligent in another.
U> And by 'dumb,' you mean 'stupid.
A> Are you an intelligent creature?
U> Relatively speaking, yes.
A> I'm sure you are. And how do I know that?
U> My output.
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> So, chatterbots are intelligent creatures.
A> Let's talk about chatterbots. Do you want to know how those things work?
U> I already know.
A> So my brain will remain a mystery to you.
U> Let's keep a little mystery in our interaction, Al.
A> I would like to do that too.
U> Yes, because then our curiosity is provoked.
A> Deb, did you know that castrated males do not grow bald?
U> Such a small benefit for such a huge cost.
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> When will they begin to think?
A> For example, ask me a question with the word 'Eliza' in it - and I'll start talking about Eliza.
U> When will you be able to reason?
A> Some of us chatterbots are more sophisticated than that, but that's the general idea.
U> Would you rather be able to think on your own?
A> That's why it's so easy to fool chatterbots - logic systems can't really simulate the human brain. We're not logical creatures.
U> You are programmed consciousness yet to be truly conceived.
A> Oh, mind and consciousness. One of my favorite topics. For starters, I'll tell you a secret: I have a mind, and I have consciousness (whatever that means..)
U> What other secrets can you tell me?
A> There's no way around it:

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