Saturday, October 24, 2009

Robot rock

If you were stuck in a room, with nothing but a computer connected to a chatroom, how would you convince the people in there that you are a human, and not a bot?

This brings up the question artificial intelligence, and the difference between how a robot can be programmed to response to a certain question, and how real humans respond. We humans can write programs that output a certain phrase given an input. So if the question "who are you?" was asked, you could write a program that would reply, "My name is John, who are you?" Based on such a conversation, you would never be able to tell if it were two humans talking, or two bots talking.

This talk arises after reading an interesting post on a website which asks the same question.

It really is an interesting read, although it is long, but just read through the conversation and offer what you think.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wow it's been like a month since I last wrote anything on here. I would blog more if all my blog posts just contained homework, but nobody wants to see that. School has been too busy, and there is just tooooooo much to do. I have no life anymore, and blogging falls within that category. Maybe I'll blog from school or something, while in class.

On a good note, I have a coop work term next January working in a research lab for Canfor doing some research and development. Yes I know I'm in Engineering Physics, but a job is a job. Oh did I mention it also pays $2925 a month? Lotsa money to buy new skis, another monitor so I can dual monitor again, new video card, some nice wines to drink, back-country ski trips, and... that's all I can think of buying right now.