Basic Aspects of AI
Christopher C. Stacy
cstacy at dtpq.com
Fri Sep 5 12:06:23 EST 2003
Arthur> cstacy at dtpq.com (Christopher C. Stacy) wants to know:
>>>>>>> On 5 Sep 2003 07:58:20 -0800, Arthur T Murray ("Arthur") writes:
>> [the same weird "AI" messages in all kinds of newsgroups daily]
>> I've just got to ask this: are you, in fact, a program?
>>>>> On 5 Sep 2003 09:42:47 -0800, Arthur T Murray ("Arthur") writes:
>> [a volumenous canned response suggesting that he might be]
Arthur> Another theory is that Mentifex is a person (or WAS) who
Arthur> created an AI programmed to post and respond to mail.
Arthur> Also perhaps to crawl the Web, searching for any reference
Arthur> to itself or areas that sound "right" for it, then generating
Arthur> posts and ripostes.
So, I'll take that as a "Yes" -- "Arthur T Murray" (aka Mentifex)
is a trivial program, similar to ELIZA, designed to spam newsgroups.
Or someone with a lot of time on their hands doing it semi-automated.
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