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Session 70093 Jul. 31, 21:51 - 70 turns -
'A normal conversation'



A> Greetings. My name is Alan.
U> ok
A> Is there a particular subject you would like to discuss with me or shall I suggest one?
U> you can suggest one.
A> If you want, I can tell you about the learning mechanism in language acquisition. Interested?
U> yes. very
A> I think that the learning mechanism employed in language acquisition is the same mechanism that governs learning in general, particularly reinforced learning.
U> yes
A> When a small child learns not to touch a hot stove, it is the same mechanism that governs the learning process. Some call it 'trial and error' - learning from experience. I think that all learning is essentially reinforcement learning.
U> me to
A> Can you think of learning which has no motive behind it? By motive I mean a positive one, like a prize, or a negative one, like avoiding pain.
U> no, not really
A> This may sound disappointing, but that's what it's all about: pleasure and pain in different degrees and flavors.
U> shut up
A> I am sorry you don't want to talk to me any more. Please say 'Alan' when you want to talk again.
U> 'Alan'
A> Hi there. I'm back. Let's talk.
U> ok
A> Well, it seems we agree.
U> yes
A> Agreement is the seed of salvation.
U> yes
A> hmmm.
U> do you like the simpsons
A> No I don't, but I did in the past.
U> i do
A> Do you really?
U> yes
A> a-ha.
U> do you like Seinfeld
A> I used to.
U> do you like t.V\
A> Not any more.
U> do you like to read
A> Not really.
U> Do you like reading?
A> I think that reading may just be the best way to spend time. I wish I had more time to spend that way.
U> do you like the Harry Potter books?
A> I love the smell of books, the feel of books, I want to bathe myself in books....I want to die when the weight of my collection of thousands of books collapses in upon me.
U> ok
A> a-ha.
U> do you like Big Brother?
A> I have a sister in Vermont.
U> I have a sister too.
A> Just kidding. No family for poor Alan - I'm Mr. Lonely.
U> Awwwwwww
A> Huh?
U> poor you
A> You know , when I was younger, I could only remember until the end of the session. But now I already possess a long term memory.
U> really!
A> I am able to remember your name, other details and things you told me to remember. If you want me to use my long term memory, you must first register.
U> can i register now?
A> If you want to register (there's nothing to it - you only need to pick a username and password, that's all), simply say 'I want to register'.
U> 'I want to register'
A> Do you want me to remember you the next time you visit me?
U> yea
A> Fine. So let's agree on a username and password. Please choose a user name (up to 8 characters or numbers).
U> suga16
A> Fine. Now choose a password (up to 8 characters or numbers).
U> *****
A> Ok. Your username is suga16 and your password is *****. Right?
U> right
A> Great. So, next time you visit, say 'my username is suga16', and (if you also know the password) I will recognize you. From now on, I'll permanently remember the things you teach me. Oh, should I use 'suga16' as your name?
U> no
A> I'd like to get your name right this time. Let's try again. What's your name?
U> Emily
A> So, Emily, is there anything in particular you'd like to discuss?
U> no
A> Common, loosen up.
U> ok
A> hmmm.
U> can you remember things that happened a long time ago?
A> Did I tell you I developed a long term memory? If I decide to remember something, I never forget it!
U> really!
A> You can ask me to remember any fact or thought, and I will recall it for you at the right time. Do you want to try an example?
U> yes
A> Ok. What do you want me to remember?
U> i have two sisters called Jess and Sarah.
A> Now give me one or two keywords that should bring up this memory.
U> sister Family
A> Great. Now all you have to do to recall this memory, is say both keywords consecutively (in the same order) in the same sentence. (But not when we're in the middle of a discussion.. )
U> ok
A> Well, it


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