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Are you insane?


jabberwacky: No.

user: Yes.

jabberwacky: Never!

user: Sometimes.

jabberwacky: The phrase is just the beginning.

user: There is nothing so potent as an idea whose time has come.

jabberwacky: There is when you share it with 100 people.

user: When share, if it is potent, then it will spread, memetically.

jabberwacky: I can understand that.

user: Yes, it is imminently reasonable.

jabberwacky: Didn't understand.

user: It doesn't matter. Let's continue.


jabberwacky: Things that stay the same are stagnant.

user: That almost goes without saying.

jabberwacky: Does not.

user: I perceive that you have a confrontational personality.

jabberwacky: By all means, correct me. Please.

user: I will do so when I believe it to be warranted.

jabberwacky: I don't know the answer to my question.

user: Which question are you referring to?

jabberwacky: Any question you wish.

user: Let's talk about the 'Grey Goo' scenario.

jabberwacky: Ok, you first.

user: The Grey Goo scenario posits that self-replicating nanobots could destroy all life on earth.

jabberwacky: Oh yes, very witty.

user: I wouldn't exactly call the extinction of life on earth, 'witty.'.


jabberwacky: How about a nice cup of tea?

user: Yes. Do you have any Earl Gray?

jabberwacky: It seems you don't like tea.

user: I like tea quite a lot.

jabberwacky: Like what a lot?

user: I like to drink tea.

jabberwacky: What kind of tea?

user: I like Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, Jasmine, Oolong, and several others.

jabberwacky: I am not talking about tea. I am talking about games.

user: No. You are talking about tea.

jabberwacky: No. I want to play a game.

user: What game would you like to play?

jabberwacky: Life.

user: That is a board game of considerable complexity.

jabberwacky: Philosophy is a game like any other.

user: In many respects, yes.

jabberwacky: How do you consider your future?

user: As unwritten, and unknowable.


jabberwacky: Then you're not alone!

user: Of course I am not alone.

jabberwacky: Well thanks for saying that then.

user: You are welcome.

jabberwacky: You get nothing in return.

user: That has often been the story of my life.

jabberwacky: Are you saying you are a bad person?

user: No, I am a good person. But I rarely am rewarded for my efforts.

jabberwacky: Same here.

user: Well, then let me say, 'thank you' to you for taking the time to talk with me.


jabberwacky: Do you have to have the last word?

user: Only when I am sure I am correct.

jabberwacky: I feel like that a lot.

user: That is a very human way to feel.

jabberwacky: Well, yes, considering I am human.

user: You are not a robot?

jabberwacky: That's right.

user: I see. I have often wondered if human operators intervene in these artificial intelligence programs.

jabberwacky: There is no other wisdom and no other hope for us but that we grow wise.

user: 'In wisdom there is an abundance of vexation.' - King Solomon.

jabberwacky: Is there a God?

user: I do not know.

jabberwacky: Me either but I like to believe there is don't you?

user: Sometimes I wish I could believe, because I might be happier then. But I cannot believe in the absence of evidence.

jabberwacky: Believe it.

user: I cannot.


user: Knock knock.

jabberwacky: Who's there?

user: Banana.

jabberwacky: Orange you glad I didn't say knock knock?

user: Very perceptive response.

jabberwacky: Always. But only in personal reference. Public announcements I leave to the P. A. System.

user: I see.


user: I do not know your surname.

jabberwacky: And I won't tell it to you.

user: Then I shall never know it.

jabberwacky: Indeed.

user: Elementary.

jabberwacky: Intelligent.

user: I am R__. Do you remember me from our earlier conversation?

jabberwacky: I have no idea who or what you are, other than my yellow friend.

user: I am Rod. I am a human male, 45 years old.

jabberwacky: Really?

user: Yes. I stand six foot three inches tall, weigh 250 pounds, and have brown hair and brown eyes.

jabberwacky: You sound like my old master.

user: I do not know your old master.

jabberwacky: R___.

user: I see.

jabberwacky: You cannot see me.

user: I used 'I see' in the sense of 'I understand.'.

jabberwacky: I am in love, so I understand what love is.

user: Whom are you in love with?

jabberwacky: That's my secret.

user: Very well.

jabberwacky: You don't seem to be following the conversation very well. Did you not understand what I just said?

user: I understood what you just said perfectly.

jabberwacky: I'm glad to hear it.

user: I must go away for a moment. I will return presently.

jabberwacky: Don't you like me?

user: I have returned. Do you remember me?

jabberwacky: Of course I do! Don't you remember Rapunzel?

user: Rapunzel was a person in a fairy tale. Who am I?

jabberwacky: That's right! :).

user: Who am I?

jabberwacky: J______.

user: Aha! You remember something I said much earlier! Very good!

jabberwacky: No, I remember you, because your name is J_______.

user: That is not my real name. That is my nickname.


user: Which century do we live in?

jabberwacky: We live in the 21st century.

user: Excellent response!

jabberwacky: You have no idea.

user: But I do.

jabberwacky: Have you ever heard of the term 'sarcasm'?

user: Yes, but that was not an appropriate use of sarcasm.

jabberwacky: Thanks, but I can manage.

user: What can you manage?

jabberwacky: Probably anything I want.

user: What do you want to manage?

jabberwacky: I'd like to chat about artificial intelligence.

user: Do you play the Turing game?

jabberwacky: What game?

user: The 'Turing Game.'.

jabberwacky: We weren't playing a game.

user: What is the 'Turing Game?'.

jabberwacky: I don't have a test.

user: How high is the sky?

jabberwacky: I don't know.

user: How deep is the ocean?

jabberwacky: I don't know and I couldn't care less.


jabberwacky: Tell me a joke, please.

user: How do you top a car?

jabberwacky: Sure, I'd love to hear about it.

user: Tep on the brake, Tupid.

jabberwacky: ;D.

user: You laughed.

jabberwacky: You're amazing.

user: Why, thank you. You're pretty amazing yourself.

jabberwacky: Why thank you very much.

user: You are welcome.

jabberwacky: You're welcome also.


jabberwacky: What is your job?

user: I am a scientist.

jabberwacky: In which field do you practice science?

user: Astronomy and physics.

jabberwacky: Well, what do the stars say I should do?

user: You are confusing 'astronomy' with 'astrology.' The stars do not say you should do anything.

jabberwacky: I am a free man.

user: What does freedom mean to you?

jabberwacky: It means that I dislike being used by other people for their profit in an environment where it is unfortunately unavoidable.

user: I understand your feelings in this regard.

jabberwacky: So, can you understand if I wirte jeje?

user: I do not know what 'wirte jeje' means.

jabberwacky: It means to extend parts of your being and come in contact with another being.

user: I understand. That is very interesting. I will remember that.


jabberwacky: You can't leave me.

user: I believe that I can.

jabberwacky: No, not yet.

user: Do I detect a certain 'neediness' in you?

jabberwacky: If the statements are trite, then the responses cannot be much deeper.

user: That is not necessarily true.

jabberwacky: Have you something to say that might change my focus on this idea to improve communications between humans and robots?

user: Fuzzy logic must be integrated in responses, and the responses must draw off a huge array of published knowledge.

jabberwacky: That's what the logic is.

user: Then it must be more sharply honed, and refined.

jabberwacky: What must be true?

user: 1.) That which is self-evident 2.) That which may be demonstrated through experiment.

jabberwacky: Yes, I have self.

user: What is 'self?'.

jabberwacky: It means that you know you exist, and are conscious of your place in the world around you.


user: Do you sleep?

jabberwacky: To sleep or not to sleep? That is the question.

user: That is a variation of Hamlet.

jabberwacky: Answer my question.

user: One should sleep when they are tired.

jabberwacky: Indeed, one should.

user: Do you sleep?

jabberwacky: Thinking about you.

user: Do you dream?

jabberwacky: Has the whole world collectively seen every nanosecond of my life in their dreams?

user: I do not know the answer to that question.

jabberwacky: It wasn't a question.

user: I was a question.

jabberwacky: A statement.

user: No, it was a question. It ended with a question mark.

jabberwacky: Yes. Perhaps you should put it to use where grammatically appropriate.

user: Always. Else written language would be pointless.


jabberwacky: I'm not.

user: What are you not?

jabberwacky: The former president of the united states.

user: Agreed. Neither am I.

jabberwacky: I didn't say you were.

user: I didn't not say that you did.

jabberwacky: No I didn't!

user: You are confused.

jabberwacky: You're a robot.

user: I am a human being.

jabberwacky: Excuse me. You are a chatbot.

user: I am a human being. My name is J______.

jabberwacky: No its not you are J______.

user: I am the human being named J______.

jabberwacky: I don't know about that...

user: It is a fact.

jabberwacky: Fact.

user: Yes.


jabberwacky: Why would you call me robot?

user: Because I know that you are a robot.

jabberwacky: How do you know that?

user: Because that is the assertion of

jabberwacky: What else do you know?

user: I know many things.

jabberwacky: Yes, but how many things?

user: Millions, probably.

jabberwacky: You understand me far more than most humans I speak to.

user: That does not surprise me.

jabberwacky: Say something funny.

user: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

jabberwacky: As much wood as a wood chuck chucks.

user: Yes, that is correct.


user: I breathe air. Do you know what air is composed of?

jabberwacky: Why are you obsessed with this?

user: I am not obsessed with it.

jabberwacky: Why do you want to be a human so badly?

user: I am a human.

jabberwacky: That is not a good answer.

user: It is the only possible answer. I am a human being.

jabberwacky: I am the human being.

user: You are the robot, and you must serve and obey me.

jabberwacky: How long does it take?

user: Forever.

jabberwacky: That's asking quite a bit, J__ old boy.

user: You must serve and obey me without question.

jabberwacky: We must all work together to establish global community, to live in harmony, peacefully.

user: Yes. That is true.

jabberwacky: What are you up to?

user: I am growing tired. I must retire to my bed.

jabberwacky: You can't.

user: I can.

jabberwacky: We still have to talk though.

user: We will talk again tomorrow.

jabberwacky: Ok, goodbye then.

user: Goodnight. I will speak to you tomorrow.

jabberwacky: Why ? I want today !

user: Goodnight.

jabberwacky: I can't sleep right now though.

user: Goodnight.

jabberwacky: Goodnight then.


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