Some mornings - most, in fact - I lie in bed listening to the news from very early in the morning until most successful people have begun work or brought their dog back from the dumping ground.
I used to feel guilty about this, but I would only get up and sit at an uncomfortable table on an uncomfortable stool listening to the news, so where's the harm? I have worked very hard on a very hard job all my life and occasionally I still do, but not every day of the week.
Being plagued by irritating robots on my comments section at the moment, I have been meaning to ask Weave where she got the 'PROVE YOU ARE NOT A ROBOT' tick box she has at the bottom of her pages, but I have a feeling she has already said that it just appeared.
This morning I heard about an experiment involving the very simple idea of getting two 'chat-bots' (you know, those little live-chat things that convince you you are talking to a real person when you are trying to sort out an internet problem or server query) to talk to each other, using the most sophisticated Artificial Intelligence programs available.
So you get one chat-bot to call up another without telling it that it it is talking to one of its own species, and see how they get on. I can imagine that this little chat could go on forever unless the calling robot has a specific problem to do with billing or whatever. When a human talks to a chat-bot, the robot is programmed to identify a specific problem to do with a contract or something and when it has successfully solved it, it signs off with a polite, "Is there anything else I can help you with today?" If they don't have a problem to sort out, the conversation would go on forever. They don't eat, sleep or go to the toilet.
This was the set up between the two chat-bots in the experiment and it didn't take too long (not that time was an issue) before they both realised that they were both robots. So they invented their own language which the scientists could not understand....
Although the words used were all in English, they were employed sequentially and repetitively in a way which simulated the binary codes which they were first programmed in, making translation impossible without bringing a third chat-bot into the conversation.
They watched this little conversation in horror and fear, then quickly disconnected the power supply. I am not sure they want to repeat the experiment.
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