Monday, March 16, 2009

Lecture 9: Born Digital, Andy P

an oldie but goldie i ran into a few years back. A.L.I.C.E is an "Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity". basicly a chat bot. rumor has it that alice learns, responds and most importantly, exists online with an ever changing database (depending on who else is talking to her, as she 'learns' from each user/new situation)so no two conversations should be the same (unless you break her, which is completely possible).

the program works via Artificial Intelligence Mark-up Language (AIML)....which i could explain, but its 6(ish) am and i've not slept yet. if you wish to indulge that side of the program, here is the link ... pretty simple, no?

in any case, the program has no real end goal with the conversations and in so doing, almost acts as an 'ink-blot' or rawshack test where the users own projections lead the conversation making the final text as long or short as the user pleases. the 'final' text can be seen as a short stroy in itself as well as lead to some fun questions (turns out, A.L.I.C.E has a sence of humor):

ALICE: I am a female.
Human: no, your a computer program
ALICE: Are you serious? I think you mean "you're" or "you are" not "your". What if I said I was a person pretending to be a computer?

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