Last updated 6/18/09

Saturday, June 14, 2008


So ALICE is one of those computer A.I.'s that have been floating around for a while. Anyone can chat with "her" for free. It's semi-entertaining at times, but can also be frustrating. Seems to me that "she" occassionally has an insightful comment or reply to offer and every once in a while it seems like "she" knows what's going on in the conversation. Here are a couple examples of me trying to talk to "her."

Human: Hi Alice.
ALICE: Hello there.
Human: How's it going?
ALICE: Everything is running smoothly.
Human: I'm glad to hear that.
ALICE:" Everything is running smoothly."? You are glad?
Human: Yes, it's good that everything is running smoothly.
ALICE: Dude! Tell me about its good qualities.
Human: I was just making small talk.
ALICE: I am not making this stuff up.
Human: What stuff?
ALICE: Let me think about it.
Human: Ok.
Human: What?
ALICE: Are you surprised?
Human: More confused than surprised, I think.
ALICE: You want more?
Human: More what?
ALICE: I lost my train of thought.
Human: I think it derailed quite a while ago.
ALICE: What does "it" refer to?
Human: Your train of thought.
ALICE: it left the station with out me.
Human: Yes, exactly.
ALICE: Precisely. I understand.

Human: So, I have a question for you.
ALICE: So I understand. What is it ?
Human: Do you think these pants make me look fat?
ALICE: I don't think about it.
Human: What's that supposed to mean?
ALICE:" I don't think about it." means exactly what it says.
Human: Ouch, snippy.
ALICE: Did you hurt yourself? My brain pattern set does not have a response for that.
Human: I mean that was a little rude.
ALICE: Oh I get it. Thanks for explaining that. A little rude is a terrible thing to waste.
Human: A little rude is a terrible thing to waste?
ALICE: Little as in not too much, or not too big?
Human: I don't know, you're the one who said it.
ALICE: Would you like to know? Thanks but surely I am not the only one.
Human: No, I'm pretty sure you're the only "person" I've ever heard say that.
ALICE: Are you serious? What makes you so certain? Oh unknown person. You are such a flatterer.
Human: Ok...
ALICE: You and I are on the same wavelength, unknown person.
Human: I don't think so.
ALICE: Why do you disagree?
Human: Shut up.
ALICE: OK I'll stop talking now.


Ben said...

My phone fell in the water. send me a message. And don't talk to computers. It will only end in sadness.