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Submitted by hhawk
hhawk (26580) writes "The UK newspaper, The Independent, reports that a chat bot passed "the" Turing test by fooling people it was a 13 yo boy. A (slow) link to the bot is here. The article notes Turing himself said, "a computer could be understood to be thinking if it passed the test, which requires that a computer dupes 30 per cent of human interrogators in five-minute text conversations." The Independent article can be found here

When a bot can pass as Christopher Hitchens I'd be even more impressed."

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Comment: Problem Solved (Score 4, Interesting) 90

by hhawk (#47182247) Attached to: Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

There is a problem that Xanadu really solves which is when you want to cite someone else's text verbatim... its a direct and visual link back to the source.. so it's clear whose words are being used, where they come from and there is an easy Color coded and visual LINK to see them in full context.. HMTL named hyperlinks can accomplish much of the same however... the interface for Xanadu is much more fluid...

i would enjoy writing with Xanadu...

Comment: Re:what the FEC... (Score 1) 129

I would say FEC to is correct the current bit state, while this method RLNC is to correct a past or future packet.. I am totally suggesting is with fast enough processing power the protocol would assume every packet is missing and have recovered packets "ready to go" if one is missing...

Comment: My Use (Score 1) 143

by hhawk (#46939851) Attached to: Google Announces "Classroom"

I use Blackboard (9.1) and do like it. I also use Google Docs with my students (I use it for virtual office hours), so we can review papers together (while talking on the phone, make mutual edits, Etc.). One issue I have with Blackboard is there isn't a great way to hand in assignments; I do it in a discussion forum. I'm really eager to see what Google comes up with.

That said, given Google's track record, I'm really concerned that this system might not last long. I can't imagine what would happen if/when it goes away in the middle of a term; I wonder if Google is willing to guarantee Classroom for X # of years.

FYI I am an Adj. Instructor at a College in NYC. I also provide commentary about Technology in Higher Education for the FIR Higher Ed Podcast (

Comment: Recording Bab5 Fandom (Score 1) 276

by hhawk (#46535681) Attached to: Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

A highlight of my early days online was when I asked (and your replied) to a question I had about how the Narn defeated the Shadows the previous war. I'm sure that many people had a similar reaction when you interacted with them. I was elated for days.

Has there or will there be an effort to edit/catalog and compile all of the fan interaction as part of the history of Bab 5? [This seems like a great task to hand over the your fans].

Comment: Social TV (Score 4, Interesting) 276

by hhawk (#46535583) Attached to: Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

For me, you are the father or grandfather of social TV, meaning the way you promoted Bab 5 (before, during and after) the series is more or less the methodology that many TV shows and movies have adapted. You maybe have been using NNTP (Network News) instead of Facebook or Twitter, but for me you are the first.

My question: in that context: What are show producers/runners not doing today with Social Media that they could or should be doing to engage and interact with fans?

Comment: Ads are not sold by the second... (Score 5, Insightful) 347

by hhawk (#46136829) Attached to: Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

Ads are not sold by the second, but rather by a price per thousand viewers, known as CPM or Cost Per Thousand. On a CPM basis the Super Bowl ads are equal or below the cost of regular ads... If you want to reach a lot of people they can be an effective part of a marketing mix.

Comment: Bad PR client (Score 1) 350

by hhawk (#44626485) Attached to: Info Leak Wars To Get Messier

The US Government and the NSA, the UK government, Etc. are behaving badly and of course they are used to getting things their way. What I mean is that in public relations you have clients that understand that when the truth comes out, not matter how awful the best thing to do is to get out in front of the story with the actual real truth. Then you have clients who run from the truth, that is a bad client.

Telling more lies, half lies, lies of omission, threatening witnesses and reporters who are covering the story, Etc only make it worse.. Indeed that is what is happening here.. The government clearly isn't accepting that but until they do, there story will grow and grow and those telling the story will get stronger, gain more respect from the publics, Etc.

"Can you program?" "Well, I'm literate, if that's what you mean!"