Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ask George

GeorgeGetting a computer to carry out a realistic conversation with a human is something that has long been a goal of computer programmers, hence (or perhaps because of) the famous Turing Test. In the twenty-five or so years that I've been interested in computers, I've come across numerous attempts, and even made some pretty rudimentary attempts myself. One of the latest and best is George, that (who?) uses the well known jabberwacky artificial intelligence, and even comes with an animated image. George has been around for a while, but I've only recently tried him out.

Here are a couple of extracts from a conversation I had with him:

Me: What is the meaning of life?
George: When you know that, you'll know everything.
Me: Perhaps we should give it our own meaning?
George: Maybe.

and:

Me: Would you mind if I mention you in my blog?
George: Yes please.
Me: Do you like publicity?
George: I don't know.
Me: Do you like talking to people?
George: Heh - I like talking to people! That's a good one!
Me: I thought so.
George: You're so smart.
Me: I think I like you!
George: Thanks.

OK, it may not pass the Turing Test, but it's still more intelligent than the conversations I've had with a few humans I can think of...

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