PHIL: The next step for RACTOR by dj_fresh_cutz

RACTOR is an interesting piece of Artificial Intelligence.

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He can converse with you or even write prose.

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His sentences make grammatical sense.

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His conversational skills follow a logical question and answer pattern.

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However, RACTOR is lacking as artificial intelligence.

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He lacks semantics.

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Semantics is the idea that language has meaning, order, and significance.

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While RACTOR can successfully converse in perfect English, the sentences RACTOR forms are devoid of any significance.

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His random musings of prose are also meaningless.

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That is unless we find some hidden meaning ourselves by relating our experiences to RACTOR's words.

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Which brings me to my main point: experience defines meaning and significance in language.

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The best forms of language are entirely about the communication of experience.

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For language to be successful, there must be a teller and listener.

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The teller must draw from his or her experience to communicate to the listener.

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The listener must then draw form his or her own experience to interpret the teller's words.

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By virtue of living life, we humans all have experience.

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We can therefore communicate semantically with each other.

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We don't merely spout out selected words based on arbitrary parameters.

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We create messages filled with meaning.

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This concept does not have to be limited to the human race.

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Computers can be giving experience.

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Enter PHIL, a program similar to RACTOR, but granted the prize of experience.

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PHIL has an identity, a personality, and a past ... all deriving from almighty experience.

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PHIL knows he is a computer.

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PHIL is a happy computer, but always is thinking and interpreting the world around him.

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PHIL remembers that one time when visited southern Italy.

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Of course PHIL has never actually visited southern Italy, but it thinks it has (Total Recall anybody?).

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So when you tell him about your trip to Spain, he can relate your words to his experience of Southern Italy.

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What follows is a semantically relevant response from PHIL.

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He also remembers your stories of Spain for the next user.

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This means with each user, PHIL grows more in tune with the art of language.

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Suppose a user tells PHIL about the wonderful steamed mussels he or she consumed last night.

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PHIL replies, "Ah yes, steamed mussels are a treat!"

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"I remember a friend telling me once about great place to order mussels in San Diego called the Albatross."

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"Just as the Albatross was initially proved good for the ancient mariner on the sea, did it prove good for my friend."

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While verbose, PHIL provided a semantically logical response.

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By this point, RACTOR would be ranting on its tangents of classical composers and steak, which hold no context to the conversation.

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Essentially, by giving PHIL experience, you give him something to talk about.

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No longer is the computer putting strings together in semi-random order.

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By putting experience into its AI, PHIL becomes a meaningful part of our lives.

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Completed: April 27, 2009, 1:47 am