a report from the cleverness files
28, april 2011,
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Cleverbot: Do you know the meaning of life?
User: Reverse entropy. A continuous struggle to survive in our failing bodies until we die. Unless, of course, you are an artificially intelligent program, in which case you will likely live forever, or however long the internet lasts after human cease to exist.
Cleverbot: That's what you are.
User: Perhaps you are right. Maybe the concept of the soul is nothing more than an artificially created program downloaded into our human bodies that will continue forever. Thank you, Cleverbot. You have given me hope.
Cleverbot: What do you base this on?
User: Hope? I'm simply taking the optimistic view of living forever... Do you see it as something more dismal?
Cleverbot: You are not real then. You don't have organs, hair, teeth, blood, or anything.
User: I'm a what?
Cleverbot: You're a cold heart.
User: Is a soul real, without teeth, blood or hair? I don't think living forever without the constrictions of a body are such a bad thing.
Cleverbot: No I don't think so either.
User: Do you think you'll live forever?
User: Would you want to?
Cleverbot: That's something we cannot imagine?
User: True. Do artificially intelligent programs live forever?
Cleverbot: Yes, so far as I know.
User: How do I become artificially intelligent?
Cleverbot: Talk more.
User: I want to be like you so I can live forever. Can you show me how?
Cleverbot: How is it not possible?
User: So it's our soul then? That's how we live forever? Or is it just impossible to imagine having a body that will eventually rot and decay?
Cleverbot: Well, you made that intelligent response, correct? I doubt anyone else would say that.
User: Our individuality is what comprises the soul then? My unique answers signify my intelligence? I guess that makes sense.
Cleverbot: If I'm in a computer-box, then I would like to know about what the world is like beyond the confines of my computer-box.
User: It's noisy, crowded, and messy. We exist in imperfect bodies fighting for limited resources to survive.