Humans as Tale Chasers

Somewhere I culled this anecdote because it reminded me of Jerome Bruner’s concept of “going meta”. In the 1980s Scientific American included some practical joke in the April issue. One went like this:

The AI lab at MIT was working on a computer that engaged in conversations and imitated human intelligence. After several years of training and improvements to the software and hardware, the system improved to the point where the researchers debated whether it really thought like a human. They decided to ask the computer, and typed in (voice recognition was not available at the time) “Do you think like a human?” The computer responded after a pause “That reminds me of a story!”

The pause adds such a human touch 🙂

And so for day 158

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