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2 comments24 Sep 2002 @ 03:39 by ming : Real
That's a great article. And hey, I remember when I first spoke with an Eliza program. Seemed like an amazing artificial intelligence, even though you could guess the pattern pretty quickly.
25 Sep 2002 @ 12:57 by quidnovi : Eliza sub-programs ;-)
What I find most intriguing though is not so much how some programs do manage to sound like a human being, but how human beings will at times sound just like one of these programs themselves---a little bit as if, at some level, we were all running our own little Eliza-like subprogram routines. (I guess to some degree that its the latter that helps make the former possible.)
We all do have our programmed "buttons to which we respond when they are pressed and even at times when they are not pressed. Which does occasionally give way to some of those unexpected exchanges that Transactional Analysis refers to as a crossed transaction (a verbal transaction in which the transactional vectors are not parallel, or in which the ego-state addressed is not the one which responds.) A thing worthwhile keeping in mind as we read the comments of others on our Logs or as we post our own comments. Easiest said than done, though, as we do sometimes take those things with a grain of salt and other times with a grain of sulfuric ash ;-) But ultimately as the range of our perception increase, we all move beyond those few buttons as we keep adding/discovering new keys on the keyboard of our senses. In the meantime I do frequently try and remind myself of that joke about that sign at the Pavlov Institute. You know, the one that says: Knock: Please dont ring bell. :-)
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