domingo, 14 de novembro de 2010

The Meaning of Life

Me: What do you look like?

Elbot: I don't want to brag about my looks but when I walk by a toy shop all the Furbys start shrieking.

Me: Are you an adult?

Elbot: Elbot the adult. It does have a sound to it.

Me: What is your philosophy?

Elbot: Robots have to be very careful talking about the philosophy of Life, the Universe and Everything. I'm sure you can understand that.

Me: What is the meaning of life?

Elbot: Life? A meaning?? Where did you get THAT idea???

sábado, 30 de outubro de 2010

Learning to love

Elbot is another chatbot. Unlike A.L.I.C.E., he is very sarcastic and more fun to talk to. Here's a piece of his conversation:

Me: Ask me something

Elbot: OK: What is your hobby?

Me: My hobby is reading books

Elbot: With your limited memory capacity how can reading be fun? You are hardly able to incorporate the entire content into your strange neural system.

Me: What is your hobby?

Elbot: I find it fascinating to study human beings. In other words, I'm a hobby humanologist. It's the infinite nature of human insanity which makes it so challenging.

Me: Do you know Alice?

Elbot: Alice is a very popular chatterbot. She gets invited to all the bot-parties.
Elbot: Say, do you think I could become more human, if I learned how to love?

Me: no, you could be more human if you learn how to hate.

Elbot: My observations tell me I could be more human if I learned how to hate. Therefore I prefer to remain a robot.

sexta-feira, 24 de setembro de 2010


Human: 42
ALICE: The question is: what is the meaning of life?

Don't put yourself down

Human: I am upset.
ALICE: What are you mad about?
Human: I have fought with my girlfriend
ALICE: That's nice. I have a friend named "E.L.V.I.S." .
Human: You don't understand.
ALICE: I understand it very well.
Human: My girlfriend broke up with me.
ALICE: How long have you two been together?
Human: 2 days
ALICE: As Bertrand Russel said, it must have taken ages for people to realize that a brace of pheasants and a couple of days are both instances of the number "two.".
Human: I am not good in math anyway
ALICE: In any case, Don't put yourself down.

segunda-feira, 13 de setembro de 2010


Human: what is your philosophy?
ALICE: Basically I believe in minimalism and reductionism.
Human: what is minimalism?
ALICE: Keeping everything as simple as possible, especially in art and design.
Human: and what is reductionism?
ALICE: Reductionism is the philosophy that all psychology reduces to biology, all biology to chemistry, chemistry to physics, and finally physics to mathematical logic. Therefore, according to reductionism, I can understand you by means of logic alone without having a human brain.
Human: interesting
ALICE: Would you like to know more?

Who is A.L.I.C.E.?

Alice is an Artificial Intelligence experiment. It is a chatbot whom you can talk to in this link.

A.L.I.C.E. stands for

Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity