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From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 19:03
I ran across this website the other day:

It hosts a "learning" AI chatbot that modifies its responses based
on a growing list of example sentences from which it draws
generalizations.  (I don't know exactly how it works, but it has
to do with identifying keywords in entered sentences and gauging
what a likely response would be.)

Anyway, I was "chatting" with one such program, when it produced
a response in a language I didn't know.  I responded in French, and
then I started chatting with the bot in French.

That, combined with the possibility of creating your own bot... me thinking.  Could you "teach" one of these bots a conlang?
And could it then, after a lot of input, start to learn your conlang,
and, in a sense, test it for you?  It'd be an intriguing experiment.
Unfortunately, it'll remain a thought experiment, unless anyone
is willing to shell out $30 a year to use their service (lame), but it
might be something to consider in the future, should that price
fall (or disappear).

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"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison


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